14 Freedom of Information

Charles de Fleurieu

14.1 Introduction

Historically, the Government has always exercised strict control over the disclosure of information related to government activities and public authorities. Over the years, the suppression of this type of information has led to political controversy and public outcry, such as the ‘Arms to Iraq’ affair and the BSE scandal.

As a result of this type of controversy, the Government has been under increasing pressure to move towards a more ‘open’ form of government. The development of freedom of information legislation in other counties has contributed to the debate. In addition, modern society is now fuelled to a greater extent by the ‘information market’, which is heavily reliant on ...

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