Legislative changes blocking access to more government documents gets the green-light in the Legislative Assembly and one MLA says it is something the public needs to take note off.
Last Friday (16 November) government approved changes to the Freedom of Information Law.
Under those changes, the public will no longer have access to advice provided to the Cabinet, the Governor or the National Security Council, as well as, documents at other government agencies.
Bodden Town West MLA Chris Saunders said the spirit of the FOI law has been gutted.
“I think it is definitely a step back. I raised a concern with the Government, but at the end of the day this is a Westminister-based system. The majority will always have its way despite what the minority say,” Mr. Saunders said.
We reached out the Ombudsman’s Office for comment on the new changes.
We are awaiting their response.