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Ombudsman releases latest OIA data

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released his latest Official Information Act data, which shows there has been a rise in the number of complaints received.

The number of OIA complaints received by this office in the first six months of 2018 increased from 673 to 697 when compared to the last reporting period from July to December 2017.

Mr Boshier says the increase may be partly attributed to the electoral cycle.

“Traditionally complaints ease off as an election approaches and then pick up again once a new government is formed.”

Most of these complaints were in response to agencies refusing or delaying their responses to requests.

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