Tasmania among the least transparent allowing public access
Hodgman Government the nation leader in missing deadlines … and getting worse
A new national report on the RTI process shows access to government information in Tasmania is among the worst in the country under the Hodgman Liberal Government.
Shadow Open Government and Information Integrity Minister Madeleine Ogilvie said the national comparison of RTI figures in each state and territory was released as part of the Commonwealth commitment to the International Open Government Partnership.
Ms Ogilvie said just 63 per cent of all decisions on RTI applications were made within the statutory time frame in Tasmania, compared to 96 per cent in South Australia and 93 per cent in Victoria.
“In addition to missing deadlines on a too-regular basis, 17 per cent of applications in Tasmania resulted in access to information being refused in full in 2015-16,” Ms Ogilvie said.
“During that same period, only partial access was allowed to information in 77 per cent of cases.
“Tasmania ranks only behind the Northern Territory and Queensland in blocking access.
“We know that we are the state with the largest digital divide and this has become an all too familiar experience for Tasmanians under the Liberal Government with access to information that should be made public being blocked and heavily redacted.
“It’s a clear sign of a government that refuses to be open and has thrived on a culture of secrecy and a lack of integrity.
“It’s just not good enough that secrecy has become a hallmark of the Liberals who went to the election four years ago promising transparency only to do the opposite once in government.”
The release of the national data is accompanied by a statement signed by each state and territory Ombudsman or Information Commissioner which stresses that the “right to access information is a fundamental tenet of Open Government”.
“Like the statement the Tasmanian Ombudsman has signed as part of this release, we encourage the community to get involved and ensure government is providing greater access to more information to build public trust,” Ms Ogilvie said.
Madeleine Ogilvie MP Shadow Minister for Open Government