Green Party response to recommendations for OIA
4 February 2013
Green Party response to recommendations
The Green Party is disappointed with the
Government’s response to the recommendations from the Law
Commission’s review of the Official Information Act (OIA).
“Maximising transparency should be paramount when
looking at reforming the OIA,” said Green Party Open
Government spokesperson Holly Walker.
Commission recommended a substantive review and possible
re-write of the Act, but instead the Government is tinkering
around the edges.
“The Government is picking out the
recommendations that suit it, like creating new ways of
“At the same time, it is
ignoring recommendations that it doesn’t like, including
extending the OIA to cover Parliament.
of the Ombudsman is completely overloaded dealing with OIA
complaints and other complaints about government agencies.
The Government should have either considered the Law
Commission’s recommendation to create a new stand-alone
office to oversee compliance with the OIA, or committed to
better resourcing the Office of the Ombudsman to deal with
the number of requests and complaints it receives.
“The OIA is only useful if you can actually access the
information that you need. We need greater transparency, not
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