Rebecca White MP Labor Leader
• Government tries to protect new children’s commissioner from RTI scrutiny
• Can the Premier honestly claim this is a coincidence?
• Government interfering with independence of the role
The Government is deliberately trying to protect the new Commissioner for Children and Young People from scrutiny under Right to Information.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said it was no coincidence that a day after the appointment of the new Commissioner, the Government tried to amend the RTI Act.
“The Government is conveniently attempting to exempt this position from Right to Information when it has never been excluded before, “ Ms White said.
“Can the Premier honestly claim this is a coincidence or is this a deliberate attempt to shield the Government from further scrutiny?
“We know that in July last year, the former Commissioner for Children and Young People Mark Morrissey wrote to the Government asking it to consider including the position in the RTI Act.
“Why did it take the Government 16 months to act?
“We can only assume it is because the person appointed to this new role happens to be the Deputy Premier’s former Chief of Staff.
“The Government has interfered and removed the fundamental need for the Commissioner’s role to be entirely independent from government and free from political interference.”