Tagged: Freedom of Information

Charging for official information - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 26, 2016

Debate over the Reserve Bank’s new charging policy has continued.  Under a heading “The perils of user-pays democracy” Bryce Edwards had a nice summary of the articles and commentaries that had appeared by late last week.   And since then the flow has continued –  including a Rob Hosking piece in NBR, a Dominion-Post article about, and interview … Read More

OIA: changes in RB practice and in law needed - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 19, 2016

Just before Christmas, I drew attention to the Reserve Bank’s new policy of charging for Official Information Act requests.   At the time, this paragraph appeared on the Bank’s website. The Reserve Bank has a policy of charging for information provided in response to Official Information requests when the chargeable time taken to provide the information exceeds one hour, … Read More

The OIA: a rather egregious abuse - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Dec 07, 2015

The outgoing Ombudsman’s report reviewing OIA practices in the public sector is to be released this week.  The Dominion Post wrote a scathing editorial about her tenure and her approach to the Official Information Act.  As it notes: Her retirement is welcome.  We don’t expect much from her review. The Ombudsman’s office is badly under-resourced, limiting the extent to … Read More

Officially a fake scandal from science perspective - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 15, 2010

Well, the latest report from inquiries into the “climategate” affair confirm that the scientific conclusions of climate scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), University of East Anglia stand on “solid ground.” The report is clear – relatively short and well worth reading. (Download Report of the International Panel set up by the University of [...] … Read More