7News Freedom of Information Editor Alison Sandy
Alison Sandy began her career in the media after graduating with a degree in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in 1998.
She lodged her first Freedom of Information application that same year while working at the Portland Observer in Victoria.
Alison is a fierce advocate of the media’s role in holding governments and its representatives to account. She has successfully fought and won several appeals for access to documents under FOI laws and uncovered details that have contributed to decisions to change legislation.
They include the introduction of GPS trackers on paedophiles and other dangerous sex offenders released in Queensland after the extent of breaches by those living in the community was revealed.
Her previous roles include Right to Information Editor at The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and Adelaide’s Sunday Mail political reporter.
Alison started at the Seven Network in May, 2014.
By far, most of my Victorian Freedom of Information applications are to Police. Yet, it’s week four before I even mention them in my Secret State series.
When it comes to Freedom of Information, Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services makes the Freemasons look like News of the World.
As Howard Beale would say: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
While all governments purport to be open and accountable, the true measure is the strength of their Freedom of Information legislation.
Shocking video of a Brisbane bus driver slamming his doors on an elderly man's walking frame and hurling abuse at him has emerged in a suite of alarming cases of passenger neglect.
7 News has obtained new advice from lawyers on how you can avoid paying hundreds of dollars in parking fines.
The saying goes, nothing good comes easy but in the world of Freedom of Information, nothing bad comes easy either.