On Wed, 9 Jun 2021 20:49:20 -0700 (PDT), John Bowes
Post by John Bowes Post by John Bowes Post by Rich80105 Post by Gordon
Post by Crash
"From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her
government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has
In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: ?This government
will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen
transparency around official information.?
Since then the number of faceless communications specialists has
skyrocketed. The Government?s iron grip on the control of information
And it is now harder than ever to get information."
"This year, I have made more complaints to the Ombudsman than in any
previous year. So far, every one has been upheld."
This is the point. What right does the Government in withholding information
for its own advantage? Spin all you like but the Government is we the
people employees. The Government should be working for the needs of the
people, not just its own.
They also seem to miss the point that having the Ombudsman smacking their
hand at a great rate shows that they are behaving badly.
"smacking their hand at a great rate"?
"In the six months to December 2020, the number of complaints to the
Ombudsman notified to agencies decreased 18%, down from 192 to 158. A
total of 20 final opinions were made by the Ombudsman against
agencies, a 39% decrease on the previous period (33 during the
January-June 2020 period), which represents less than 0.1% of all OIA
requests responded to by agencies."
So what right do posters to nz.general have to post claims of fact
based on poor journalism from a single reporter that did not itself
provide factual support for the opinions stated. Facts vs opinion . .
Interesting that you ignore the fact that oia requests are up by 27%.
In the context of a 27% increase in volume, maintaining a high level of timeliness is a satisfactory result.
Yet again, as presented, Hughes's entire OIA statistical report suggests that, overall, the government is handling OIA's in a satisfactory manner. To know the truth of it once and for all, I suggest you read his clear and unequivocal stats report as per the URL.
That done, all that is now left for the reader to decide is whether a New Zealand senior public servant whose business it is to deliver clear, accurate statistics on the performance of government departments, is more likely to enjoy the greater credibility and reputation when it comes to those same statistics than some ex-Murdoch junior hack nursing a personal grievance who must needs find an all-comers outlet through which to unburden herself of it.
Like Rich you ignore the fact the number of oia requests have increased yet these figures only relate to 54 of 116 agencies. So what happened with the hidden agencies? A rather large statistical hole don't you think Keith?
If you are referring to complaints to the Ombudsman then there were a
number of agencies with no OIA complaints - nothing new there.
Also relevant is that, despite the large volume of material now
distributed and available to all under the current government,
questions from the opposition always increase when National is in
2021 so far 23376
These are not simple questions to answer. A quick check through Chris
Bishops 1,482 questions made so far this year include the following:
* Who paid for the afternoon tea at Government House for Deputy Police
Commissioner Wally Haumaha, and how much did it cost?
* How many COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Zealand to
date, broken down by day?
* Has the COVID Immunisation Register gone offline since it has been
operational; if so, for how long in total?
* What was the coding error in the software used in a local Canterbury
medical appointment system for COVID-19 vaccines?
* What risk assurance process, if any, was used for the software used
in a local Canterbury medical appointment system for COVID-19
Turnaround for these questions is meant to be five days. No wonder
the OIA system is under pressure or that extra staff are being hired.
So how is the current government doing compared with the Key/English
government? From the Gerard Otto article "Did you know that by the
2nd half of 2018 95% of all Official Information Act requests were
completed on time, compared with only 91% in 2015/2016?"
So with the government releasing automatically a lot of papers,
questions from opposition have gone from 20563 in 2017 to 45626 in
2019 - with more meeting deadlines.
This represents a significant improvement in performance by the
current government over the prevous Nat-led government.