safe place to buy clomid online comprar viagra online no brasil bad breaths in men using viagra like where do we viagra chocolate in bangalore abreva inactive ingredients in metformin use of viagra by age doxycycline monohydrate hyclate legit site to order cialis australia propecia cost metformin cost with insurance prednisone treatment in prostate cancer steroids nolvadex buy can you still get tan accutane reviews cytotec in pregnancy price of cialis at kroger interferon beta 1a generic cialis online apotheke deutschland cialis information amoxil generic name cialis online sources precio de cialis 5 mg en farmacias buy zithromax norx weebly does propecia work in owmen buy real propecia online metformin 500 mg 48 93 logo de cialis over the counter how much does propecia cost in the uk viagra in london patent generic viagra take clomid if no period main distributors of viagra in pakistan dolac 25 mg zoloft propecia 1 mg for sale buy viagra new orleans viagra trade name and generic name do they sell generic viagra at walgreens buy sildenafil onli buy lasix australia glucophage generico wrestler cialis 20 mg etkileri doxycycline cause vertigo cialis super active 20mg pills cheapest pills best natural viagra ukrainian viagra generico foros prices cialis 20mg sildenafil citrate brand names in india adhd specialists in west palm beach fl price of roaccutane in australia does cialis cause rash cost of viagra in rupees ciproflaxacin dosage for uti in philippines order viagra medicine how to get your dr to prescribe clomid cialis patent expiration date us taking 1500 mg metformin hcl er at bedtime best and cheap cialis donde puedo comprar cytotec tijuana se necesita receta para comprar viagra en farmacia can you buy zithromax in malaysia inderal la 80 mg generic buy zithromax whartisthebestin viagra priced right hiderax 25 mg zoloft how viagra pills looks like how much is 5mg cialis in australia metformin for weight loss cialis 14 cpr riv 5 mg prezzo prednisone uses in ms prednisone usage priligy usa trials bike generic cialis from india reviews on garcinia safe dose prednisolone cable cipro 14 2500 14 gauge in wall finasteride cause depression buy clomid without prescription in the uk dapoxetine india review worksheet viagra ohne rezept bankeinzug curta metragem brasileiro viagra online dorflex e seus genericos do viagra buy propecia aus algix 90 mg controindicazioni cialis generic viagra brasilien propecia availability in india prednisolone teva 20 mg posologie augmentin zovirax herpes nasale 3 mg cialis buy tadalafil online 35008 buy price of ciprodex otic dose of finasteride in bph buy tadalafil canada cheap 100mg generic viagra quanto custa o cialis generico 1mg vs 5mg propecia zovirax vs valtrex for cold sores can you drink on propranolol 80 mg what happens if you put viagra in someones drink remedio montclair 10 mg prednisone cheap viagra search cialis review by older people what time of day is best to take clomid farmacia online cialis generico mexico c doxycycline for use in eyes for dry eye buying viagra online is legal can i take viagra with ramipril viagra dose timing buy clomid post cycle therapy products wean off 60 mg prednisone for 10 how long can you safely take clomid order clomid today recive it tomorrow cheap viagra far east how to order tadalafil online tadora 20 tadalafil tablets for sale buying doxycycline for pets lowest price pharmacy for viagra viagra canadian healthcare where can i get viagra in auckland is zoloft a generic para que sirve el prednisone de 20 mg things that counteract cialis any harm in taking 40 mg cialis indian company who made nolvadex and price clomid 75mg success stories average price of viagra per pill prednisolone eye drops online do pharmacies in south africa stock nolvadex prednisolone 5 mg shortage of eggs ciprofloxacin and delirium in elderly buy brand clomid aventis propecia pain in breast generico do cialis na ultrafarma brasil prednisolone 50 mg tablet metformin er safe during pregnancy what is the dosage for lasix cialis in pharmacy uk success rate of 25 mg of clomid buy lasix canada most secure is viagra safe for post stroke victims how to prepare viagra at home in tamil compare cost of cialis costco walmart amoxil chemist warehouse fake viagra reviews viagra legal in india donde puedo comprar sildenafil en lima comprar remedio propecia clomid safe for baby usage du cytotec erektionsprobleme psychisch viagra generic doxycycline hyclate buy online using savingd account viagra alternatives usa russkie pesni viagra generic cytotec over the counter rite aid doxycycline dosage for pediatrics doxycycline trihydrate 750 mg 25 mg propecia daily tadalafil 20mg x 10 tabletten where i can get viagra in mumbai buy lasix solution doxycycline cost asda direct minoxidil and finasteride together cialis 5mg online uk puedo comprar cytotec en guatemala closest thing to viagra in uk buy viagra online paying with paypal zovirax whartisthebestin price buying cialis thailand does doxycycline helps in treating body odor buy viagra online 100mg seroquel inderal 40 mg astrazeneca share where can i buy clomid uk cialis 10 mg propiedades risk of multiples with clomid appartamenti in vendita roma via cipro viagra in perth wa prednisone 20 mg effects secondaires du acquistare cialis in svizzera francese buy viagra christchurch vimax sildenafil 100mg human doxycycline dose cheap viagra made in usa ampicillin crystals in urinary sediment success rate 150 mg clomid finasteride yes or no finasteride in india is .5 mg of propecia a day effective type web order viagra is online viagra fake where to get viagra in riyadh effects of prednisone in women trimipramine tropfen 40 mg dosierung ciprofloxacin can i get propecia in bangladesh hunter boots buy online uk viagra lasix 25 mg deutsche beschreibung viagra in chennai prices buy doxycycline hyclate powder retina specialist in rockwall texas 40 mg prednisone insomnia generico cialis italia is there a generic name for prednisone can you buy cialis over the counter in malaysia hotel brand of propranolol socialist vote in 1912 dose range lasix can viagra cause strokes dapoxetine brands in pakistan new season bird biotic doxycycline safe humans amc metformin safe for pregnant women metformin dosage in the elderly what is the main ingrediant in viagra viagra sale perth pharmacies that have generic cialis cipro cost canada cialis phosphodiesterase inhibitor glucophage price uk rare how to ship cialis to philippines from canada valiquid wirkstoff sildenafil cytotec in slovenia generika dapoxetine india finasteride india results telangana nolvadex hereisthebestin without prescription indicaciones para usar cytotec there going generic viagra zithromax unsafe prices of viagra in toronto reliable viagra reviews cheap doxycycline online para que enfermedades se usa el ciprofloxacino prednisolone tabletten kaufen haus diflucan price buy real viagra online pharmacy donde comprar viagra en iquique nyal vs zovirax are generic viagra safe how to take doxycycline monohydrate 100mg cheap prednisone 5mg viagra through paypal is viagra over the counter in mercury drug philippines all kind of viagra prices buy viagra enlarge doxycycline combination in mankind viagra per donne in menopausa finasteride 5mg tablets walmart viagra pesni online viagra for women in pune does clomid cause thyroid cancer finasteride 5 mg prostate normal mg for viagra can i take progesterone with clomid metformin 500 mg e generic cialis plus canada pharmacy no prescription propecia como comprar viagra en uruguay viagra store in faridabad prednisone 6 day pack canada what does viagra do in hindi can i take xanax with cialis generic for glyburide metformin off label use for finasteride oral liquid prednisone diflucan price uk rare buy generic viagra sildenafil buy single viagra pills uk national lottery roaccutane isotretinoin price il prezzo del viagra generico metformin axcount 1000 mg preisvergleich can u buy cialis propecia vs. generic what is the safe dosage of lasix viagra 50 mg tablet sample silagra brand name viagra cum with us com is it safe to take benadryl and prednisone together can you get viagra on pbs legal buy zithromax online buy viagra 100 acetylsalicylzuur apotex cardio 80 mg bijsluiter viagra buy nolvadex steroid does amoxil cause fatigue purchase brand viagra online usa viagra online reviews safe take clomid if pregnant buy buying viagra online from canada alloy wheel repair specialist reviews viagra 100 street price cialis availability uk ketian 25 mg of zoloft metformin online australia can you buy viagra from mexico do have have prescription buy viagra how long before sex should i take viagra pill human plant viagra details in time clomid 100mg success 2011 cialis 10 mg gde kupiti metformin therapy in polycystic ovary syndrome tadalafil 40 mg asap viagra 100 mg prezzo farmacia extracto de semilla de uva donde comprar viagra use of viagra in older men cipro 500 mg twice day 10 days buying cialis safely online cialis generika mit paypal kaufen propecia 28 tablets price in maylasia how long to take clomid before iui can you take 4 5g cialis in place of 1 20g cialis best place to buy real viagra cialis price in jakarta can viagra cause urinary retention cialis 20 mg prijs cheapest country to get cialis viagra sale durban prednisone over the counter 150 mg viagra dosing viagra gives mutiple erection in four hours private fertility treatment clomid priligy como usar twitter zofran and inderal manual para usar el cytotec viagra in uae yahoo answer clomid treatment duration amaryl nombre generico de amoxil ampicillin in lactation buy zovirax ointment line will viagra keep you hard when masterbating accutane price in malaysia sony buy viagra online united ste viagra sale in chennai store effet indesirable clomid 50mg sildenafil citrate tab 20mg where can i buy zithromax azithromycin buy viagra in tallin remedio toragesic generico do viagra buy nolvadex research pharmaceuticals ciprofloxacin 500 mg appearance viagra online uk cheapest loans cialis is 2.5 mg review how strong is 100mg viagra esopral 40 mg bivirkninger av zoloft clomid twins 150 mg buy viagra in nairobi viagra order paypal propecia boots in ireland why isnt viagra generic what cold medicine is safe with zoloft zoloft for anxiety in teens online prescriptions viagra india buy liquid clomid nolvadex buy diflucan medication iui with clomid ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg for pneumonia acquistare cialis generico online stopwatch cost of inderal without insurance viagra tablet names zithromax liquid concentration problems viagra unprescribed paypal accepted ampicillin brand names in the philippines cheap dapoxetine baownbeuv is there a tadalafil generic cialis tadalafil 20 mg tab puscifer v is for viagra tracks usa tabs.org cialis 20mg free shipping europe viagra 100 mg pfizer over the counter drug like clomid ovulation efectos secundarios de usar cialis where to buy zovirax in south africa. what is the generic for cialis vibramycin dergboadre price cialis 20 mg ou viagra viagra in wall taking 20 mg cialis daily a safe viagra alternative medicamento doxycycline 100mg where can i buy nolvadex for pct in pretoria zoloft 50 mg sertraline para que sirve la pastilla ciprofloxacino de 500 mg amoxil brand names cialis 10 mg filmtabletta 4x is generic cialis ok where to buy priligy in nigeria the outside wife better erections with liquid viagra ciproxin 500 mg effetti collaterali sildenafil dose in newborn what dosage of viagra to take priligy como usar snapchat doxycycline hyclate 100 mg knee pain can you get botox on accutane clomid doses for pcos buy chinese clomid cefaclor 750mg generico de cialis how long do antibiotics doxycycline stay in your system can buy viagra asda viagra in the waters what happen if a girl take viagra order viagra online canada mastercard customer diflucan 150 mg 2 cps order viagra from uk is it safe to masturbate when taking finasteride tabs domcolic 10 mg prednisone medco prior authorization form cialis over the counter cialis in bulgaria prescription fabletics positive reviews of zoloft viagra sale hong kong 30 mg day accutane singapore generic viagra where to buy finasteride cheap cialis 5 mg tabs vs 20mg zithromax liquid cat viagra 100 price sams club can you buy nolvadex from uk como tomar ranitidina de 150 mg zoloft how long after accutane can i use retin a zovirax 800 mg herpes on lip generic clomid pct side cipro 500 mg treats truck prednisolone 20 mg posologie arnica buy viagra on door can u buy viagra in bergen norway folcres vs propecia reviews where is the best place to buy viagra in ireland doxycycline blood in stool cost of 500 100mg doxycycline hyclate vega sildenafil citrate pills natural alternative to clomid uk what is ciproxina 500 mg for metformin 250 mg sr buy viagra jet cialis 60 mg for sale in the us overnight fluomizin 10 mg rezeptfrei viagra finasteride pausa can u cut cialis fir daily use in half celebra 200 mg generico do viagra glucophage 500 mg nebenwirkungen cialis canada price daily use shoppers drug mart time taken for viagra to work is 60 mg fluoxetine a high dose prednisone undigested metformin in feces smearing can you take coq10 with clomid powerful viagra pills cheap buying cialis 800mg online is it safe zoloft bloody nose finasteride mechanism of action what is the main ingredient in metformin does clomid work first time where can i buy doxycycline for acne reviews of cialis professional viagra over the counter in europe clip 500 mg metformin use of finasteride in men over 65 metformin 500 mg tab aur cialis tadalafil 20mg reviews real viagra sale online where can i buy viagra plus in malaysia propecia and trying to get pregnant doxycycline safe ba para sa may chlamydia o generico do viagra faz mal generic cialis paypal uk new balance 1690 womens reviews on viagra metanabol 10 mg prednisone prednisone 10mg dose pack wikipedia generic cialis viagra in indian medical stores zambia viagra in hollywood fl can i crossed a half cialis 20 mg what effects clomid 200 mg daily viagra best time to use is there a generic for doxycycline monohydrate cytotec pastillas costo mexico prednisone dosage in pinched nerve for a dog is generic viagra efective cost viagra tijuana cialis 25 mg fiyat pipamperon 40 mg bijsluiter nolvadex cianoacrilato donde comprar viagra viagra causas can i take viagra with antidepressants where to puy viagra in poland reputable place buy viagra metformin ct 1000 mg filmtabletten get cialis samples finasteride generis 1 mg ciproxin indications in urdu comprar viagra embalagem discreta generico del viagra dr simi provera and clomid buy online in uk prednisolone salbe ohne rezept kaufen como se deben usar las pastillas cytotec propecia pricing walmart where to buy priligy in penang cialis at riteaid price propecia and biotin in effect can doxycycline hyclate treat a yeast infection canadian pharmacy otc viagra is allegra safe to take with zoloft is it safe to take ampicillin while pregnant viagra supplier review sildenafil 110 mg troche dose of doxycycline for sinus infection zoloft hydrochloride 50 mg cialis prostate disorders can clomid cause blighted ovum cytotec medicine price in pakistan iphone pay for viagra with paypal tadalafil sales in brazil nolvadex 10 mg 30 tabs Kiwipolitico » Blog Archive » Progressive bills and freedom of information

Progressive bills and freedom of information

datePosted on 09:22, February 17th, 2009 by Anita

No Right Turn is running a wiki for the development of Progressive bills, it’s a great opportunity to figure out some progressive possibilities and get them happening. So if there’s any way you’d like to make NZ more progressive, and you can imagine it being achieved through a private members bill this is the place for you! :)

I”m currently struggling with how to improve our freedom of information legislation, the Mexican model has some real possibilities, but it’s not as easy as one might hope.

My goal is two fold, firstly to extend the amount of information made available (extending it to Parliament and so on) and secondly to make it harder for agencies to game.

My experience with OIAs is that some agencies are lovely, when others require chasing, more chasing before they provide incomplete and overdue responses (at which point the Ombudsmen can sort it out), but it makes a mockery of the current rules, and is unreasonably time and energy intensive. I’m not sure whether legislative change would fix it, or whether a fundamental cultural change is required

The principle underpinning freedom of information is that it’s our information and our government; and that transparency increases justice, fairness and accountability, yet many agencies behave as if they have a right to secrecy and evasion. What would change the attitude?

8 Responses to “Progressive bills and freedom of information”

  1. Rich on February 17th, 2009 at 09:32

    I think there should possibly be more proactive disclosure. At the moment, most government documents stay hidden unless someone requests them, until after X years they get filed at Archives.

    Maybe there could be an expectation that all documents go on an accessible database unless they have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

    The gaping hole in official disclosure involves councils and SOEs, who hide behind “commercial confidentiality”. This is often based around the concept that suppliers to public bodies are entitled to have their commercial discussions kept secret. There isn’t really any reason for this – if suppliers were told that tender bids and the like were going to be made public, they wouldn’t refuse the work. If anything, more transparency would mean that public bodies would get their work done at a better price.

  2. StephenR on February 17th, 2009 at 12:00

    The principle underpinning freedom of information is that it’s our information and our government; and that transparency increases justice, fairness and accountability, yet many agencies behave as if they have a right to secrecy and evasion. What would change the attitude?

    I have little experience of knowledge of this issue, but how about the ‘stick’ approach? e.g. if so many OIA requests are not responded to within ‘x’ time period per year, some sort of penalty is applied to the department? I don’t think it could be financial, as depriving govt departments of cash would be a bit counterproductive, but if the right penalty could be thought of, i’m sure the departments would quickly think of their own ways of making sure OIAs are complied with…

  3. BeShakey on February 17th, 2009 at 12:20

    Maybe there could be an expectation that all documents go on an accessible database unless they have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

    I can’t imagine how this could possibly work. The OIA includes emails, meeting notes (not just formal minutes but handwritten notes from attendees etc), all final internal documents (by final I mean that drafts are excluded). I suspect that the amount of time and effort required to make all these available would be prohibitive. Even putting that aside, I suspect that the result would be the release of literally millions of documents every year. The burden would presumably then be on the public to sift through these and find the relevant ones, whereas the burden is now on the OIA request recipient.

    The gaping hole in official disclosure involves councils and SOEs, who hide behind “commercial confidentiality”. This is often based around the concept that suppliers to public bodies are entitled to have their commercial discussions kept secret. There isn’t really any reason for this – if suppliers were told that tender bids and the like were going to be made public, they wouldn’t refuse the work. If anything, more transparency would mean that public bodies would get their work done at a better price.

    Having seen some of the documents that aren’t released because of “commercial confidentiality” I can say that there are good reasons in at least some cases (the sample I’ve seen is very small, and I suspect that, like most OIA exceptions, this one is misused sometimes). For instance, tenderers will often describe parts of their operation that they would utilise if their tender is sucessful that they wouldn’t want their rival to be aware of. Alternatively, if a tenderer knows that their nearest rival tendered at 20% higher price, it’s likely that they would significantly increase their price next time round. I’m sure there are other examples.

  4. Anita on February 17th, 2009 at 12:59

    Rich writes,

    I think there should possibly be more proactive disclosure. At the moment, most government documents stay hidden unless someone requests them, until after X years they get filed at Archives.

    If the Directory of Official Information was done well it would solve some of this, in that it should provide an accessible list of what information is held by whom so that people know what exists and how to get it. In practice it’s an unnavigable mire which is just about impossible to find unless you know what it’s called.

    Maybe there could be an expectation that all documents go on an accessible database unless they have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

    The Public Records Act, at some level, provides for this for non-current documents. Current documents however…

    One of the challenges is that OIAs are often for documents other than the “formal documents”, for example all the correspondence (including email) about a particular topic. So aggregating it would be a bit horrid.

    Another challenge is that a lot of OIAs are for information which requires some interpretation, for example the numbers of something broken down by region and financial quarter.

    But in principle yes, if there was an established place to find many current documents it would help a lot, providing that it didn’t prevent people accessing other material held in other places.

  5. Anita on February 17th, 2009 at 13:05

    StephenR writes,

    I have little experience of knowledge of this issue, but how about the ’stick’ approach? e.g. if so many OIA requests are not responded to within ‘x’ time period per year, some sort of penalty is applied to the department? I don’t think it could be financial, as depriving govt departments of cash would be a bit counterproductive, but if the right penalty could be thought of, i’m sure the departments would quickly think of their own ways of making sure OIAs are complied with…

    One of the parts of the Mexican law is that if an agency doesn’t respond within the timeframe they are deemed to have agreed.

    In a NZ context that would mean that if the agency doesn’t either respond or tell the requester that it has granted itself an extension within 20 days they would not be able to withhold anything. I kinda like that, although it might increase the number of spurious extensions.

  6. BeShakey on February 17th, 2009 at 13:20

    Another challenge is that a lot of OIAs are for information which requires some interpretation, for example the numbers of something broken down by region and financial quarter.

    Not sure what you mean here, but the OIA only covers existing documents. So, for instance, if you requested something broken down by region, and such a document didn’t exist then the agency could respond that they had no document that met the requirements, even if they did possess the necessary information to produce such a document.

    One reason, I suspect, for the delays is that the OIA isn’t being used quite as intended. The idea was to allow the public to gain access to official documents. The reality is that most requests are from politicians (or research units, party staff etc). The volume of these can make it hard to meet the deadlines. The other factor affecting deadlines is that, even when it isn’t the Minister that has been OIAed most Ministers are very keen to at least see OIA requests that are likely to be sensitive. In many cases if they don’t like what is being released they will take steps to prevent the release, which will often mean the deadline is missed.

  7. Anita on February 17th, 2009 at 13:53

    BeShakey writes,

    Not sure what you mean here, but the OIA only covers existing documents.

    Nope, it covers existing information whether it is in document form or not.

    So, for instance, if you requested something broken down by region, and such a document didn’t exist then the agency could respond that they had no document that met the requirements, even if they did possess the necessary information to produce such a document.

    If such information existed within a dataset then they would be required to collate and provide the information. If the effort was too great they could us 18(f) to refuse the request, although 18A is usually interpreted to say that they should offer the requester the opportunity to pay for the collation or research.

    One reason, I suspect, for the delays is that the OIA isn’t being used quite as intended. The idea was to allow the public to gain access to official documents. The reality is that most requests are from politicians (or research units, party staff etc).

    It might not be what was initially intended (although I think it was), but it’s how it has always been, and it’s still about openness, transparency and accountability – so agencies should expect and staff for it.

    The volume of these can make it hard to meet the deadlines.

    Volume doesn’t make it hard to meet deadlines, peaks and troughs and inflexible staffing allocations do. Only once in my public sector experience was a peak so high that we failed to meet an information request deadline (we were swamped in written PQs and we missed by one day), but that branch was pretty committed to openness.

    If agencies truly wanted to meet deadlines then they would provide the resource to do it.

    The other factor affecting deadlines is that, even when it isn’t the Minister that has been OIAed most Ministers are very keen to at least see OIA requests that are likely to be sensitive. In many cases if they don’t like what is being released they will take steps to prevent the release, which will often mean the deadline is missed.

    Yeah, and that’s part of the culture problem. It should be unacceptable (both legally and in terms of expectation) for Ministers to do that.

  8. Rich on February 17th, 2009 at 14:02

    The reality is that most requests are from politicians (or research units, party staff etc).

    Who are also members of the public, surely.

Leave a Reply

Name: (required)
Email: (required) (will not be published)
Website:
Comment: