DEPARTMENT OF PREMIER & CABINET V. HULLS  VSCA 117
Court of Appeal (Victoria) – 11 August 1999
Hulls made an Freedom of Information application for access to all documents provided to the Department during the casino licence bidding process by the then Victorian Casino Control Authority (VCCA) which contain financial information regarding bids for the casino licence extracted from submissions lodged with the then VCCA by Applicants for the casino licence.
The Department claimed that the documents were exempt documents and should not be released to Hulls. Hulls issued an application for review with the then Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The Tribunal decided that the documents were exempt documents, but that it was in the public interest for the documents to be released. The Department appealed to the Court of Appeal.
What test was to be applied by the Tribunal in determining whether in was in the public interest for an exempt document to be released?