Budget 2014: splitting watchdogs 'would shut door on open government'

8. října 2014 v 21:57
Splitting Australia's freedom of information and privacy watchdogs as part of cost-saving measures in Tuesday's budget would shut the door on open government, according to the Labor senator Joe Ludwig.ABC AM has reported that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which oversees privacy and freedom of information investigations and reviews in Australia, will have its functions split across several other departments.Ludwig said reports the commissioner could be handed to the Attorney General's Department were extremely concerning. The OAIC operates at arms length from the government and is often called on to review government decisions."Handing over freedom of information to the attorney general would signal the death knell of open and accountable government," Ludwig said. empire total war россия

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