The SMH FOI Editor writes:
"The Workplace Relations Act is the most controversial law the Howard Government has passed, with no other legislation prompting such mass demonstrations and condemnation from the labor movement. Now it is poised to be the critical issue in the next election. So it was hardly surprising The Australian lodged a wide-ranging freedom of information application, seeking access to the background papers used to put the package together.
Given the Government's growing antipathy to the FOI laws, it was hardly surprising, also, the application was opposed. What is remarkable is the reasons dreamt up to argue why it would be so terrible if any of these documents were released."
Go on and read the complete article here. So much for "open" and transparent government in an alleged democracy!