Almost one and half years later, the City will process his request for all documentation involving himself for a specified number of dates.
At the September South Perth council meeting, Mayor Sue Doherty explained the reason the City would not deal with the request was because it would take about 80 hours to meet and it would divert a substantial and unreasonable portion of the City’s resources from core business.
Recently, Mr Jamieson sought an external review by the Information Commissioner who said the City’s decision to refuse to deal with the application be set aside and they have to deal with the application in accordance with the FOI Act.
Mr Jamieson said that he described the entire process as being an expensive waste of time and money for residents, ratepayers and taxpayers.
Cr Doherty said the Act was balanced in relation to public interest in open and accountable government, balanced with public interest in the ongoing effective operation of an agency. ‘I am sorry the City did not process Mr Jamieson’s application as required under the Act,’ she said.
‘The City will comply with the decision and has advised Mr Jamieson the request is being undertaken.’