Friday, August 17, 2012

The Law Commission and transparency

Two weeks ago, the Law Commission released their Review of the Official Information Act [PDF]. Ever since, people have been pressing them to follow normal practice and publicise the submissions. The Commission initially refused, then threatened to charge, and then after people started requesting the information from individual agencies, backed down and promised to release them on its website. They've now done so - as a single, 106MB PDF file: the least accessible possible format.

I think that speaks volumes about the Commission's attitude to transparency and open government.