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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FOI New Arrangements Bill

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee public hearing yesterday on the Freedom of information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill had its moments.
Only three members attended, the Chair Senator Ian Macdonald (Liberal National), Deputy Chair Senator Jacinta Collins (Labor) and Senator Lee Rhiannon (The Greens), so that was disappointing. Then Senator Macdonald recused himself from the session with the Office of Australian Information Commissioner because he, as a third party who objects to disclosure of information about a disputed payment has a matter before the Office awaiting a decision. 

The transcript for your edification-comment when I get a chance.

(Update: Paul Farrell in The Guardian is one of the few who reported the hearing.)

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