With respect to the Miscellaneous Provisions (Tax Amnesty, Pensions, Freedom of Information, National Insurance, Central Bank and Non-Profit Organisations) Bill, 2019 Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is playing smart with foolishness, when he said, “a simple extension of time will avoid millions of dollars of wasted taxpayers’ expenses”.

A simple analysis, no great leap of logical or critical thinking required, shows the utter idiocy of that statement. First, if a request for information has been made from a public body and the body cannot fulfil this within 30 days, there is absolutely no reason why the body can’t ask for an extension of time in writing from the person requesting the information.

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