OIA report could have serious ramifications
Posted 8th Dec 2015
Filed under: Open Government
Labour has serious concerns about the wide ranging and potentially chilling effect on the flow of government information following the release Beverley Wakem’s report, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Today’s report by the Chief Ombudsman into the Official Information Act shows government departments are being encouraged by Minister’s offices to withhold material for political reasons. This is further delaying the release of information.
John Key should be part of OIA inquiry
Posted 19th Oct 2015
Filed under: Open Government
The Chief Ombudsman’s description of the Prime Minister’s attitude to releasing public information as “cavalier” and “a disregard for the law” reinforces growing concerns that democratic principles are being consistently undermined, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Labour has today written to Dame Beverley Wakem requesting John Key be interviewed as part of her wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector.
Customs seeks big brother powers
Posted 5th Mar 2015
Filed under: Open Government
A proposal giving New Zealand Customs powers to compel anyone to provide passwords and encryption keys to their electronic devices is another step towards a surveillance society and should be strongly resisted, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“There are existing powers in search and surveillance law and other legislation which provide compulsion to disclose a password if someone passes through Customs and is under suspicion.
Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
Posted 16th Dec 2014
Filed under: Open Government
John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector includes all Ministerial offices.
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