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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Bill to disband information commission in House today.

The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 is to be introduced into the House of Representatives this morning. The disbanding of the office of the information commissioner may be a world first, so the explanation of how this and other proposed changes will "reduce the burden on applicants" as the Attorney General claimed on budget night should be interesting.

Ironies abound: the legislation comes a week after an apparent 'no show' by the government at the Open Government Partnership High Level Meeting in New York last week; it's Right to Know Week ( in NSW at least); and according to the daily program the bill is to be introduced by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison, minister for tone at the top on transparency for the Abbott government.

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