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Bret Walker SC, one of the country’s leading barristers, said “Without knowing about what government is doing, the idea of democracy is defeated.”

“The desire for secrecy has gone way beyond acceptable limits on the part of governments in this country. The supposed benefits of freedom of information legislation have nearly been destroyed by recalcitrant administrators and counterproductive exemptions,” said Mr Walker.

“The public has a right to know information pertaining to public administration,” said Geoffrey Watson SC, a director of the Centre for Public Integrity.

“FOI is an important aspect of our democracy. Without transparency of information, a culture of secrecy and corruption can flourish,” said Mr Watson

“The system is broken. Delays and refusals to give information are on the rise, leaving the public in the dark about important government business. We need to increase staffing and resourcing of the Information Commissioner and implement sanctions against officers in contempt of the FOI Act,” said Mr Watson.

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