How to successfully challenge Freedom of Information refusals in the AAT: A CPD/CLE Seminar with the Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Since the inception of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the public has had a legally enforceable right of access to government documents.
FOI laws are good for democracy. They enhance transparency in decision making, and they allow the Government to be held to account. But the effectiveness of our FOI system sometimes depends on people being willing to challenge departmental decisions in the AAT.
On 20 February 2014, Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC MP will speak about the information now being withheld by the Commonwealth Government and how those refusal to disclose information can be effectively challenged in the AAT.
Drawing on his experience as Queen’s Counsel in numerous FOI cases in the AAT and as Commonwealth Attorney General, Mr Dreyfus will provide a guide as to how barristers and solicitors can enhance government transparency by challenging decisions to refuse access to information.
The event is open to all members of the profession. Non-members of NSW Labor Lawyers are most welcome to attend.
Date & Time: Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 5:30pm
Venue: Level 22 Chambers, 52 Martin Place Sydney (The Colonial Centre)
CPD/CLE: 1 point in the Substrative Strand
Register: Erin McCabe, Clerk to Level 22 Chambers (02) 9151 2222. Register to be sure to avoid missing out as places are limited.
Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.
[Note: In 2014, the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers will be involved in challenging the Commonwealth Government’s refusal to disclose much previously available information, such as Incoming Minister’s Briefs and information about asylum seekers and people in detention. If you are interested in being a part of this initiative, we urge you to come along to improve your skills in this area of law. We also invite you to contact Darren Jenkins (Vice President of Labor Lawyers and co-ordinator of NSW Labor Lawyers FOI project] at [email protected] ]