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Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Before Senate
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

The bill: amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to provide for: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have sole jurisdiction for external merits review of freedom of information (FOI) decisions; the Attorney-General to be responsible for FOI guidelines, collection of FOI statistics and the annual report on the operation of the Act; and the Ombudsman to have sole responsibility for the investigation of FOI complaints; Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 and Privacy Act 1988 to provide for an Australian Privacy Comissioner as an independent statutory officer holder within the Australian Human Rights Commission; repeals the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to abolish the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; and makes consequential amendments to 22 Acts.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02/10/14  
Second reading moved 02/10/14  
Second reading debate 28/10/14  
Second reading agreed to 28/10/14  
Consideration in detail debate 28/10/14 Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 28/10/14  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 30/10/14  
Second reading moved 30/10/14  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet GN106]

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (30/10/2014): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (25/11/2014)
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