Letter: Culture of secrecy will not change overnight

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The Independent Online
Sir: As an Australian, I was not suprised to read your report concering the problems with the recent British Freedom of Information Act. Australia has indeed had an FOI Act since 1982. But this just means that our government has had more time to refine its refusal techniques! An article in The Weekend Australian newspaper last year entitled "A Very Secret Service" outlined the problems: "Bureaucratic stonewalling is stifling the good intentions of the FOI Act. It needs reform. . . you go through this kind of automatic process of refusal". Sound familiar?


Perth, Western Australia