FOI review looks to reduce costs

THE Federal Government will review its Freedom of Information laws in a bid to cuts costs.

The Freedom of Information Act gives the public and media access to government-held information that is often not released publicly or refused on general request.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon on Wednesday announced that former senior public servant Dr Allan Hawke would review the laws.

The review will look at reducing the costs of processing FOI claims and applications fees.

Ms Roxon said a wide range of stakeholders would be consulted as part of the review, which will start in November.