The Northern Territory was the last Australian jurisdiction to enact Freedom of Information (FOI) laws and even now doesn’t have a uniform approach between departments for releasing public information.
A Guardian analysis published last year showed the NT Government was refusing one in four FOI requests – “a rate seven times higher than Victoria’s and eight times higher than Western Australia’s”.
The analysis also found that the Northern Territory is by far the most likely jurisdiction to block requests for government documents.
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Lack of transparency in the public service breeds corruption.
The NT Independent stands for free access to the public’s information.
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