Archive for August, 2012

An open letter to the Information Commissioner

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012

by Andrew Mason Following the non-release by means of veto of the March 13 and 17 2003 cabinet minutes, Dr Christopher Lamb, the originator of two Freedom of Information requests seeking the release of these records, has now written an open letter to the Information Commissioner. This letter asks the Commissioner to commission his lawyers [...]

New moves towards Australian Iraq inquiry

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, August 17, 2012

by Andrew Mason A group of leading Australians have now started a campaign to gain a full inquiry into their country’s participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Their reasoning for this move has been set out in a newly published booklet – Why Did We Go to War in Iraq? A call for an [...]

The political class closes ranks

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, August 3, 2012

by Chris Ames The Daily Mail carries a tremendous piece by John Kampfner on the current government’s use of the Freedom of Information Act veto to block disclosure of the pre-war Cabinet minutes: The decision not to release official papers on the Iraq war exposes yet again how the political class thinks it is above [...]