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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS AMENDMENT BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 51

Senators- Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Georges Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Kilgariff McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Teague Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 6

Senators- Haines Macklin (Teller) Powell Sanders Siddons Vigor

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Clauses 1 to 9, by leave, taken together and debated.

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Haines) moved-That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) report progress and ask leave to sit again following the presentation of the Report of the Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs on the operation and administration of the freedom of information legislation.

Question-put.

The Committee divided

AYES, 6

Senators- Haines Macklin (Teller) Powell Sanders Siddons Vigor

NOES, 48

Senators- Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Black Boswell Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Kilgariff MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil (Teller) Short Sibraa Tate Teague Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Withers

And so it was negatived.

Clauses 1 to 9, further debated and agreed to.

Clause 10 read-

On the motion of Senator Puplick the following amendment was debated and agreed to, viz:

Page 4, paragraphs 10 (b) and (c), lines 7 to 11, leave out the paragraphs.

Clause 10, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 11 debated and negatived.

Clause 12 agreed to.

Clauses 13 and 14, by leave, taken together.

On the motion of Senator Puplick the following amendments were, by leave, taken together, debated and agreed to, viz:

Page 5, paragraph 13 (b), lines 29 to 33, leave out the paragraph, insert the following paragraph:

""(b) by inserting in paragraph (3) (b) "or a person on whose behalf the application was made' after "applicant' (second occurring).''.

Page 6, clause 14, proposed new sub-paragraph 30a (1) (b) (i), line 4, leave out ""and''.

Page 6, clause 14, after proposed new sub-paragraph 30a (1) (b) (ii), insert the following word and sub-paragraph:

""or (iii) the giving of access is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public,''.

Clauses 13 and 14, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered-That the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) report progress and ask leave to sit again.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Coleman) resumed the Chair; and Senator Hamer reported that the Committee had considered the Bill, made progress, and asked leave to sit again.

Ordered-That the Committee have leave to sit again on the next day of sitting.