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The Trio Capital fraud and its victims: a study in freedom of information legislation failure

Chapter


Abstract


  • Openness and accountability are important qualities to which democratic

    governments must aspire. A well functioning freedom of information (FOI)

    system encourages public participation in the political process and builds trust

    via transparency (Lidberg, 2014). When Australia's FOI legislation was

    introduced into the Federal Parliament in 1981, the responsible minister said: 'A

    document is not exempt merely because it relates to the internal working of a

    department; to justify refusal, disclosure must cause some detriment to a

    specified public interest' and 'there is a statutory duty on agencies to assist

    applicants to make requests in a form which will enable them to be dealt with'

    (Hansard, 1981). In 2013, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) released a

    report comparing FOI legislation in 89 countries. Australia's rating was average

    (CLD, 2013).

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Blackall, D. & Sykes, J. "The Trio Capital fraud and its victims: a study in freedom of information legislation failure." FOI 10 Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism?. 1 ed. Ed.T. Felle & J. Mair. London: Abramis, 2015, 223-232. http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=184549646 2015

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1940

Book Title


  • FOI 10 Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism?

Start Page


  • 223

End Page


  • 232

Place Of Publication


  • London

Abstract


  • Openness and accountability are important qualities to which democratic

    governments must aspire. A well functioning freedom of information (FOI)

    system encourages public participation in the political process and builds trust

    via transparency (Lidberg, 2014). When Australia's FOI legislation was

    introduced into the Federal Parliament in 1981, the responsible minister said: 'A

    document is not exempt merely because it relates to the internal working of a

    department; to justify refusal, disclosure must cause some detriment to a

    specified public interest' and 'there is a statutory duty on agencies to assist

    applicants to make requests in a form which will enable them to be dealt with'

    (Hansard, 1981). In 2013, the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) released a

    report comparing FOI legislation in 89 countries. Australia's rating was average

    (CLD, 2013).

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Blackall, D. & Sykes, J. "The Trio Capital fraud and its victims: a study in freedom of information legislation failure." FOI 10 Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism?. 1 ed. Ed.T. Felle & J. Mair. London: Abramis, 2015, 223-232. http://www.abramis.co.uk/books/bookdetails.php?id=184549646 2015

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1940

Book Title


  • FOI 10 Years On: Freedom Fighting or Lazy Journalism?

Start Page


  • 223

End Page


  • 232

Place Of Publication


  • London