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The State Opposition has called for transparency over the Victorian’s Government’s fast rail reference group.
The Fast Rail Advisory Group, made up of key local stakeholders, has met three times to be briefed on the fast rail planning process.
Opposition Transport spokesman David Davis attempted to gain access to the group’s meeting minutes through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, but sections of the documents were redacted.
According to correspondence seen by the Geelong Advertiser, the State Government claimed certain sections were exempt from FOI requests on the grounds that information referred to internal working documents or affected people’s personal privacy.
But a letter from the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner reversed the ruling, ordering access to the documents in full.
Mr Davis called on the State Government to release committee minutes and the full business case for the airport rail proposal.
“If you’ve got nothing to hide you should have nothing to fear,” he said.
“Why would the Government cover-up key documents from the community consultation committee?”
It comes more than a month after the State Opposition demanded the release of a business case for a rail line between Melbourne’s CBD and the airport.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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