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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ACT to abolish most conclusive certificates.

The ACT Government will introduce legislation in the Assembly on Thursday to amend the Freedom of Information Act to abolish conclusive certificates except in respect of documents claimed exempt on national security grounds.This stops short of the total abolition proposed by the Federal and Queensland governments, although in both those cases the national security exemption will remain tight.

All will be revealed on Thursday about this additional point in the ACT announcement :"The Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2008 also proposes additional amendments to protect certain documents that ensure Ministers can fully exercise their responsibilities to the Assembly and its committees."

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