February 25, 2021

End in sight for pirate film booty stoush

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By Sarah Motherwell From The Sydney Morning Herald Dead men may tell no tales but Screen Queensland is determined to keep quiet about how much it paid for Disney to set course for Gold Coast studios. The state government body crossed swords with the Information Commissioner at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Wednesday, […]

Cayman Islands Chief Justice rules in favour of government who say Immigration regulation changes coming …

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following an extensive period of consultation, Cabinet will shortly consider amendments to the Immigration Regulations that, once approved, will allow the various Immigration boards to continue processing applications for permanent residency and for the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to hear PR appeals. “As I have said before, there is no easy […]

Information Commissioner re-evaluates public authority websites

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As the internet has quickly become one of the first places people in the Cayman Islands look for information about their government, the Information Commissioner’s Office has conducted an investigation of the content and accessibility of public sector websites as they relate to the Freedom of Information Law. While the FOI Law does not stipulate […]

The Editor Speaks: If I tell you the earth is flat – it’s flat!

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If I tell you the overarching Ombudsman Law is a much better option than the two present separate Office of the Information Commissioner and Office of the Complaints Commissioner – it is! And this Ombudsman, whoever he/she will be will also rule on Public Complaints made against the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). That […]

The Editor Speaks: Government departments are masters of stalling

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Back in 2009 Iain Franklin from the Director of Lands & Survey wrote a Memo to the Financial Secretary, Director Budget Management Unit re Stamp Duty on Residential Leases. See attachment. Franklin was pursuing the “lack of enforcement of Stamp Duty payable on Residential leases”. He said “a revenue stream which is already on statute […]

Cayman Islands Cabinet gives green light for Office Of Ombudsman

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Cabinet has agreed to the outline business case for the establishment of an Ombudsman’s Office. This gives a green light for work to begin to combine the Office of the Complaints Commissioner and the Information Commissioner’s Office to form the new office. The independent office will also deal with complaints against the police and in […]

Freedom of Information – Statement from the Cayman Islands Governor’s Office/Reply from John Evans

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Her Excellency Governor Kilpatrick has considered the latest ruling of the Information Commissioner (15 February 2016) on the disclosure of both a complaint made by Mr Martin Bridger and Mr Martin Polaine on the police investigation that became known as Operation Tempura and former Governor Taylor’s written response dismissing all the allegations contained in the […]

The Editor Speaks: Dark clouds looming

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I have been a supporter of most of this government’s running of the Cayman Islands affairs but one area I am deeply opposed is in the Freedom of Information (FOI). They want to combine the two departments of the Information Commissioner’s Office with the Complaints Commissioner’s office and include an independent police complaints office under […]

Cayman Islands Governor says “NO” to ICO FOI Tempura Decision – seeks Judicial Review

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From the Governor’s Office Operation Tempura – Response to Information Commissioner’s Freedom of Information Decision “I have considered the Information Commissioner’s Ruling of 10 July which ordered the disclosure of a complaint made in relation to Operation Tempura and my predecessor’s response [1] to this. There remain several allegations and cases related to Operation Tempura […]

Cayman’s ICO overturns Governor’s office decision to withhold “Tempura” records

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Acting Information Commissioner, Jan Liebaers, in a written decision on 10th July has overturned “the decision of the Governor’s Office to withhold the requested records by virtue of section20(1)(d)of the Freedom of Information Law 2007,and require  the Governor’s Office to disclose the records no later than 45 days from the date of this decision, except […]