Title

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

RIS ID

97900

Publication Details

Blackall, D. and 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 and J. Mair. London: Abramis, 2015, 223-232.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781845496463

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).

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