Liberal Member for Hartley, Vincent Tarzia, has reintroduced a Bill that would make it illegal for a Government Minister, or their staff, to improperly influence or give improper directions to a Government agency that has been issued with a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
“The Bill is identical to the one introduced into the Parliament in October last year. It is an important reform to our Criminal Law and our Freedom of Information Laws,” said Mr Tarzia.
“The Bill directs the appropriate FOI Officer to report any breach of this law to the Office of Public Integrity for investigation.
“A breach of these provisions would incur large fines and criminal convictions for those people found guilty of an offence.
“The Labor Party opposed the Bill last year because they do not want to be held accountable for their actions.
“It is outrageous that the Weatherill Labor Government would refuse to support a Bill that seeks to provide better government for South Australia.
“There is no justification for Attorney-General John Rau and the Weatherill Labor Government to not support this Bill.
“Labor must get behind this Bill as a first step to restore confidence in the integrity of Government.”