RTI laws keeping our government accountable

 Over the weekend, the ABC showed us how right to information laws can inform us how our government handles public safety issues. 

 

The shark attacks that occurred in the Whitsundays had devastating affects. Individual's lost their lives, tourism was affected and the public feared for their safety. The article below written by Matt Wordsworth of the ABC quotes emails obtained from the ABC under a right to information application.  It evidences a possible fourth shark attack in Cid Harbour, unreported by the government. 

 

The article states:

 

Documents obtained through a Right to Information request also show the idea for "no swimming" signs at Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island was only raised by government officials the morning after the fatal shark attack on Victorian medical researcher Dr Daniel Christidis, despite questions being asked weeks earlier about whether a swimming ban should in place.

 

Click here to read the article. 

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