Increase funding of Ombudsman's office to deal with OIA complaints

The office of the Ombudsman is not able to keep up with the volume of requests, and did not meet its performance targets in 2014/15.  There is also concern that this will have a chilling effect on further requests.

The level of funding should be increased to match the workload when benchmarked against international good practice.



Why the contribution is important

The office of the Ombudsman is woefully underfunded to respond to the requests for investigation into the behaviour of Ministers' offices and government officials relating to OIA requests.

The OIA is the bedrock of open government and is regulalry being ignored or gamed to thwart the intent of the legislation.

This is happening because there are few consequences of such actions, and plenty of advantage in avoiding pubkic scrutiny.

A well funded Ombudsman's office will provide a much-needed control on the effective operation of the OIA>


by LaurenceMillar on August 16, 2016 at 06:11PM

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