Unrealistic timeframe for Tasmania's FoI Ombudsman

Tasmania's ombudsman has called for a review of the laws governing freedom of information. In his annual report to state parliament, Simon Allston says the Freedom of Information Act has been operating for 16 years and there are particular areas that need addressing.

Mr Allston says this includes the requirement for him to make a decision on applications within 30 days.

He says this is unrealistic because the cases referred to him often involve a large number of documents and difficult issues to consider. Mr Allston says the ombudsman should not be placed in a situation of having to meet an unrealistic timeframe.

FOI timeframes 'unrealistic': Ombudsman (ABC News, Australia, 21 November 2007)