Open government, open data, and the FOIA right to information

Judith Bannister


Abstract


In this piece Dr Judith Bannister (Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide Law School, Australia) examines the aims of open government and the balance to be struck between increased exemptions and external review of information access decisions in statutory freedom of information systems, suggesting that proposals for reform of the veto power and calls for strengthening of exemptions relating to the deliberative processes of government may have the greatest impact on right to information. The author argues that the differences of opinion about the veto concern the question: who gets the final say on whether disclosure is, or is not, in the public interest? Whereas, strengthening the exemptions may diminish the public interest analysis entirely, which is a major cause for concern.


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