Turnbull’s – keep my diary secret stance - out of step with world democratic standards

Monday, January 23, 2017 | Lee Rhiannon

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s refusal to release his official diary is out of step with democratic trends that have seen both former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former US President Barack Obama automatically release details of their official appointments, Greens democracy spokesperson Senators Lee Rhiannon said.

“The PM should drop his legal challenge to the decision of the Information Commissioner that his official diary for the day he took office be made public,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Mr Turnbull’s dogged opposition to basic transparency of his own office is not a good look.

“The dispute that the PM is taking to the Administrative Disputes Tribunal is just about releasing his diary for one day – the day he became PM.

“With regard to the PM’s diary there is no legal requirement for it to be released but it is encouraged under the FOI Act.

“Now the PM is defying a reasonable ruling from the Information Commissioner.

“While the PM holds out he fuels speculation about what he has to hide about that critical day.

“Surely it is time that Mr Turnbull turned his high sounding commitment to transparency and accountability into practice and regularly released his diary,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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