Friday, August 27, 2010

Forestry wins court battle to conceal costs. From, ABC News online

From ABC News online
Forestry Tasmania has won its court battle to keep secret the amount of money it spent on a television series.
The state-owned forest company rejected a Freedom of Information request from Greens MP Kim Booth to release the money it has invested the TV series "Going Bush."
Forestry Tasmania argued some of the information would expose it to a competitive disadvantage.
But Mr Booth successfully appealed to the Ombudsman who concluded the company should release the information.
Forestry Tasmania took the matter to the Supreme Court and today Justice David Porter found in its favour.
Outside court Mr Booth said he was disappointed by the decision.
He says in the interest of openness and accountability Forestry should disclose the cost of the programs.

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