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Friday, September 28, 2007

Major parties on review of conclusive certificates

The Law Council of Australia has released the results of a survey of the major political parties on some current legal issues. One issue raised concerned the conclusive certificates that can be issued by ministers under the Federal Freedom of Information Act. The Council asked whether the party would support a change that would allow full merits review of a decision to issue a certificate.

The Government response was no change to the limited review now available, the Australian Labor Party reiterated its commitment to removing power to issue certificates with a particular reference to internal working documents, and the Greens and Democrats indicated more extensive plans for FOI change.

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