‘Most open, most transparent’ government… yeah right, Labour refuse to reform the OIA

I can’t say it any better than Malcolm Harbrow at No Right Turn: Quote:

When Labour was in opposition, they frequently demanded that National fix the Official Information Act to improve transparency. But despite a Law Commission review telling them exactly what needs to be done and a review from the Open Government Partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism recommending they implement it, the government has no intention of doing so:

Contrary to reporting last year, it seems that the Government currently has no plans to reform the Official Information Act.   

At the time we wrote to Ministers Clare Curran and Andrew Little expressing our support for such a reform. We have finally had a response from Justice Minister Andrew Little that:

“Although a review of the Official Information Act is not presently under consideration by the Government, such a review is possible at some point in the future.”

So much for Clare Curran’s promise that “this will be the most open, most transparent Government that New Zealand has ever had”. Instead, its the usual story: transparency is something preached in opposition, but ignored when in government. And politicians wonder why the public perceive them as deceitful hypocrites who are lower than dogshit? This is why.

As for what we can do about it: if the government won’t act, maybe the opposition will. They’re talking a good game on transparency in Question Time at the moment (just as Labour was in opposition). We need to get them to back that with members’ bills. At the least, it’ll then lead to awkward questions for the Minister for Open Government about why they are doing her job for her. End quote.

Good idea. Perhaps someone should tell Judith, because Simon won’t be listening.

I’d make parliamentary services subject to the OIA as well.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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