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GIPA: The Role of Commercial Interests in Access Applications

Persons or organisations whose interests will be prejudiced by the disclosure of government information may object to that information being released.
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“What are you doing with my taxes?” – GIPA and Government Transparency

Access Applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act2009 (NSW) (‘GIPA Act’) are a common avenue for citizens to obtain government information. The Tribunal Appeal Panel (‘Appeal Panel’) recently illustrated that the public interest in maintaining transparency of government activities can be incredibly influential in determining whether to disclose government information. This was considered in Newcastle City Council v Newcastle East Residents Action Group Inc [2018] NSWCATAP 254.
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Procedural Fairness: What you plead v The “But I wanted to say something else” Excuse

Procedural fairness requires a court or tribunal to give each party an equal say. However, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal Appeal Panel’s (‘Appeal Panel’) recent decision has taken an expansive view of what justice requires to allow a party to adequately plead its case. The Appeal Panel decided that a tribunal cannot give judgment in a matter if they could have reasonably expected a party to make further submissions.
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That doesn’t look like Cabinet information to me

Arguing that a document is Cabinet information is not enough to have the document prohibited from disclosure, under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
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Disclosure of corporate identity information acquired during duty collection safe under GIPA

There is an overriding public interest against the disclosure of identity information acquired as a part of the duty collection process.
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Access to police investigation files denied under GIPA

A complaint was made alleging that the Applicants engaged in drug use.

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