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Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Details:

Title

Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Other title

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12

Creator

Northern Territory. Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Date

2012-09-30

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Whistle blowing; Law and Legislation; Annual report; Periodicals

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Volume

2011/12

Previously known as

Office of the Information Commissioner

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243418

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603229

Page content

Page 32 An exemption certificate is conclusive evidence that it is not in the public interest to disclose the information. It can only be granted for a maximum of two years, but can be renewed. There is no requirement for the Chief Minister to consult with this Office prior to issuing an exemption certificate. The exemption certificate issued to Northern Territory Police by the Chief Minister on 24 February 2010 expired on 24 February 2012. A new exemption certificate was issued in identical terms on 23 February 2012 which expires on 23 February 2014. The Office supports the need for Police to have robust powers to collect intelligence and protect its sources. However, the preference of this Office would be to work with the Police to develop a more clearly defined classification of exempt material or an amendment to the Act that would protect necessary Police intelligence whilst still maintaining a transparent and open environment where possible. It is noted that the ability to issue exemption certificates has been abolished by the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Queensland. These certificates were considered to act as a bar to someone seeking access to information and their abolition has been seen as an important step in achieving greater accountability in government decision making.


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