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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tasmanian FOI replacement bill through lower house

The Tasmanian House of Assembly passed the Right to Information Bill and related legislation yesterday. Some changes from the Draft are evident and interested to see any close analysis of the differences.The promise of greater proactive disclosure has been given more credibility by a provision requiring the Ombudsman to issue guidelines on all means of access and disclosure, including publication, informal and formal requests. Still room for quibbles ( "impecunious" even survived) but overall significant, positive change.

The House also passed the Personal Information Protection Amendment Bill.

Both bills now go to the Legislative Council.

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