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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Freedom of Information bill in Senate

Senator Ludwig's private member's bill Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015  is listed for consideration tomorrow 18 June.

 As mentioned a useful reform that would require government agencies and Ministers to publish online the exact wording of freedom of information requests and the statement of reasons for the decision to allow or refuse release, and require information in released documents to be available for downloading from the web.

But the much more significant government Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill that would abolish the Office of Australian Information Commissioner on the Senate list since October is yet to be brought on for consideration.

Pity those opposed, Labor,The Greens and some or all the cross-benchers don't combine  their majority numbers to force a vote on that one.


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