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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chance for some probing questions about the OAIC

With Canberra fast approaching lock down Senate Estimates, underway since October, still has unfinished business.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on agencies in the Attorney General's portfolio including the Office of Australian Information Commissioner and the Attorney General's Department.

Great opportunity for questions about the government decision to close out the OAIC on 31 December, thwarted when the bill was not brought on for consideration in the final weeks of the sitting; what is being done to enable the office to continue from 1 January, the end of its budget allocation; and what the Attorney General meant by the statement this week from his office that the "Government is committed to implementing its budget measure to streamline arrangements for the exercise of privacy and freedom of information (FOI) functions."

And maybe some answers.

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