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Notes on Adelaide podcast: How to be a transparency warrior

When Freedom of Information laws don’t operate as they should, who are you going to call? In this week’s episode we talk to arguably Australia’s most effective FOI warrior about his most important battles and get his best advice for tackling the process.

Jul 22, 2022, updated Jul 22, 2022

This week we get some advice from Rex Patrick – a self-styled transparency warrior who, until recently, was an independent senator for South Australia.

Patrick tells us about the battles he fought and won with the Federal Government and SA Health and his new battle with the Adelaide City Council.

He talks about why he’s considering running for Lord Mayor, and reveals the surprising reason why he believes public servants commonly refuse FOI requests.

He also provides his best advice for tackling FOI requests – and why you have more power than you might think.

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Notes on Adelaide is a weekly current affairs podcast driven by the independent journalism of InDaily, CityMag and SALIFE, and produced by Solstice Podcasting.

New episodes are uploaded weekly. You can find the podcast on InDaily or on your favourite podcast app including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Listen to our previous episodes here.

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