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Thursday, 27 May 1999
Page: 5649

Senator MARGETTS (8:53 PM) —I certainly agree with Senator Bishop that there is a problem. What consultation has been undertaken to work out that this is the answer to the problem? When I was suggesting that we thought it might be more useful to give the ACA the power to balance off `public interest' against `damage and benefits to the person requesting information', we were saying that it should be looking at those balances. Obviously, people giving evidence to the inquiry were saying that public interest ought to be the basis of the test. However, where is the push coming from for this solution? Is it soundly based?