Michael Atkin and Tasmania Police (October 2019)
Mr Atkin, an ABC journalist, submitted a request to Tasmania Police seeking information in relation to the gun trafficking trade in Tasmania in February 2015. Nearly 300 pages of information were claimed exempt under a range of different sections given the sensitivity of the information. The application of the various sections was largely supported by this office with a few minor changes to Tasmania Police’s decision.
Sharon Bakewell and Tasmanian Police (August 2019)
Ms Bakewell's sister passed away in St Helens and an investigation was conducted by Tasmania Police. Ms Bakewell was not satisfied with some aspects and utilised the Right to Information Act to obtain information in assisting work out the cause of death. Ms Bakewell refutes the finding of suicide and believes more sinister actions are responsible. The Ombudsman determined that the information at hand was not exempt under s30 and the information as released in full.
Mandy Squires and Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and the Environment (March 2019)
Patrick Billings and Department of Health and Human Services (December 2016)
Mr Billings (a journalist on ‘The Mercury’ newspaper) requested CCTV footage of an event at Ashley Youth Detention Centre in July 2016. The Ombudsman determined that the footage should not be released, as various exemption grounds under s30(1) of the Right to Information Act 2009 were satisfied. Under the Act, s30 exemptions are not subject to the public interest test at s33.
Christine Smart and City of Launceston
Ms Smart requested information relating to the legal costs incurred by Council in relation to her property, specifically her fence line that bordered an alleyway, that had historically been there for decades. A review of the boundaries identified the discrepancy and Ms Smart was asked to correct it.
Ms Smart's application for assessed disclosure sought the the amount of legal costs incurred by Council after she challenged Council's decision. This matter primarily looks at whether or not the legal costs incurred constitute privileged information.