The Chief Ombudsman has slammed the Prime Minister for delay tactics of releasing official information.Several examples? That's the understatement of the year.
Dame Beverley Wakem says she intends to introduce a new set of standards covering Official Information Act (OIA) releases, as part of a major review.
Thomas Jefferson once said "information is the currency of democracy", but it's not always easy to get information...
Information can be accessed from the Government and its agencies under the OIA. They must respond within 20 working days, but several examples have shown that is not always the case.
The Ombudsman told me that 110 complaints had been received against MSD in the 2013 financial year. 62 were about delays. Those statistics represent only the people who bothered to complain.
And that's just one department.
The TV3 report continues:
3D waited two years for information from Auckland police on burglary statistics.I've had a complaint lodged with the Ombudsman since September 18, 2014 and still no resolution.
A complaint to the Ombudsman's office has been with it for a year.
Obviously they are unable to cope with the level of complaints being received.
It's not a good look for the National government and I am pleased to see mainstream media giving the issue some coverage.
Prime Minister John Key has previously admitted his office uses delaying tactics in releasing official information. Dame Beverley told The Nation that's unacceptable.From the top down.
"There's a disregard for the law," she says.