There is some deserved and overdue scrutiny of the Greens going on right now and it is appropriate the spotlight searches further.
This is about a political party that prides itself on transparency, yet offers none when it comes to its own workings.
The background is a legitimate Freedom of Information request by Jamie Briggs, MP, seeking details on the costing of policies submitted by the Greens to the Treasury Department in the wake of the 2010 election negotiations. Public servants ran the numbers and analysed the outcomes. The public is entitled to know what they discovered.
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Taxpayers deserve to know what they’re forking out to sporting stars.
In South Australia, Premier Mike Rann - despite his reputation as a master of spin - has made a poor judgment when it comes to not disclosing how much Lance Armstrong is paid to appear at the Tour Down Under.
The State Government has continually refused to say how much it has paid the seven-time Tour de France winner to appear at the TDU, even claiming the information was commercial in confidence, thus putting the details out of the reach of freedom of information requests.
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