Freedom of Information

In the case of McIntosh v Victoria Police [2009] VCAT Justice Bell held that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) should be interpreted consistently with section 15 of the Charter, which recognises the right to seek, receive and impart information is an aspect of the human rights of Freedom of Expression.   Where the disclosure of certain documents was contrary to the public interest, Justice Bell ordered that they remained undisclosed. 

This case demonstrates therefore, that the Charter does not interfere with the responsibilities of public authorities, but instead brings the issue of human rights to the forefront of interpretation.

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