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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4853


Senator LUDLAM (11:37 AM) —by leave—I move Australian Greens amendments (1) and (4) on sheet 5792 together:

(1)    Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 6), after item 1, insert:

1A  Subsection 7(1)

Repeal the subsection.

(4)    Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 28), at the end of the Schedule, add:

36  Division 1 of Part I of Schedule 2

Repeal the Division.

The chamber probably understands the intention here. Given that the minister is still with us, I would firstly like to put a question to him. Perhaps I misunderstood the statement that he made in his closing remarks, that the agencies that we are concerned with here are already completely exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and therefore the amendments that I am putting are redundant. Minister, could you just clarify that for us.