Making Freedom of Information more accessible in Australia

As a journalist, I’ve spent time investing in Freedom of Information requests that sometimes go nowhere and sometimes go far (see my report, with Paul Farrell and Marni Cordell of New Matilda, of the first time the entire contract between the Australian government and British multinational Serco was published in 2011).

Today sees the launch of a new campaign, Right to Know, which hopes to put tools in the hands of the public. Bravo. If corporate media was smarter, which it’s not, it would empower citizens to assist in its investigations. Instead, there’s a ghetto mentality. Collaboration is a key into future reporting: