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5060

2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Archives Amendment Bill 2006

 

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73A  Subsection 54(1)

Omit “accompanied by any application fee in respect of the application”.

[removing application fee]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73B  Subsections 55(2) and (3) 

Repeal the subsections.

[review by the Tribunal]

(3)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73C  Paragraph 55(4)(a)

Omit “or (c)”.

73D  After paragraph 55(4)(b)

Omit “; or”.

[consequential]

(4)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73E  Paragraph 55(4)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

[time limit for applications to the Tribunal after receiving a response from the Ombudsman]

(5)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73F  Paragraph 56(1)(b)

Omit “30 days”, substitute “14 days”.

73G  Paragraph 56(1A)(b)

Omit “30 days”, substitute “14 days”.

[reduction of waiting period]

(6)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73H  Subsection 58(3)

Omit “, 33A, 34, 35 or 36”, substitute “or 34”.

73I  Subsection 58(3)

Omit “, (5)”.

73J  Subsection 58(4)

Omit “, 33A, 34 or 35”, substitute “or 34”.

[limiting types of exempt documents]

(7)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73K  Subsection 58(5)

Repeal the subsection.

[review by the Tribunal]

(8)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73L  Subsection 58(5A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (5A)  Where application is or has been made to the Tribunal for the review of a decision refusing to grant access to a document in accordance with a request, being a document as described in the request in respect of which a certificate is in force under subsection 33(4), the Tribunal shall, if the applicant so requests, determine the question whether there exist reasonable grounds for the claim that the information as to the existence or non-existence of the document as so described would, if contained in a document of an agency, cause that document of an agency to be an exempt document for a reason referred to in subsection 33(1).

[review by the Tribunal]

(9)     Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73M  Subsection 58A(1)

Omit “subsection 58(4), (5) or (5A)”, substitute “subsection 58(4) or (5A)”.

Note:          The heading to section 58A is altered by omitting “ , (5) ”.

[consequential]

(10)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73N  Paragraph 58A(2)(b)

Omit “or 33A(4)”.

73O  Subsection 58A(5)

Omit “, 33A, 34, 35 or 36”, substitute “or 34”.

73P  Subsection 58A(6)

Omit “, 33A, 34 or 35”, substitute “or 34”.

[review by the Tribunal]

(11)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73Q  Subsection 58B(1)

Omit “subsection 58(4), (5) or (5A)”, substitute “subsection 58(4) or (5A)”.

Note:          The heading to section 58B is altered by omitting “ , (5) ”.

[consequential]

(12)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73R  Subparagraph 58C(2)(a)(iv)

Omit “subsection 33(2) or 33A(2) or section 34 or 35”, substitute “subsection 33(2) or section 34”.

[review by the Tribunal]

(13)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73S  Subparagraph 58C(2)(a)(v)

Repeal the subparagraph.

[proceedings relating to internal working documents]

(14)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73T  Subparagraph 58C(2)(a)(vi)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (vi)  in the case where a certificate is in force under subsection 33(4)--that information as to the existence or non-existence of a document as described in a request would, if contained in a document of an agency, cause that document of an agency to be an exempt document for a reason referred to in subsection 33(1); and

73U  Subsection 58C(2A)

Repeal the subsection.

73V  Subsection 58E(1)

Omit “, 33A, 34, 35 or 36”, substitute “or 34”.

[review by the Tribunal]

(15)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73W  Subsection 58E(2)

Omit “subsection 58(4), (5) or (5A)”, substitute “subsection 58(4) or (5A)”.

73X  Paragraph 60(c)

Omit “subsection 58(4), (5) or (5A)”, substitute “subsection 58(4) or (5A)”.

[consequential]

(16)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73Y  Subsection 64(1)

Omit “section 37 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 does not apply in relation to the document but”.

73Z  Subsection 64(1)

After “may”, insert “, at any time after the date by which an agency or Minister is required to have complied with section 37 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 ,”.

[lodging of documents with the Tribunal by an agency or Minister]

(17)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73AA  Subsection 64(3)

Omit “subsection 58(4), (5) or (5A)”, substitute “subsection 58(4) or (5A)”.

[consequential]

(18)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73AB  Paragraph 64(3)(a)

Omit “, 33A, 34, 35 or 36”, substitute “or 34”.

73AC  Paragraph 64(3)(b)

Omit “or 33A(4)”.

73AD  Subsection 64(4)

Omit “, 34(3), 35(3) or 36(4)”, substitute “or 34(3)”.

[review by the Tribunal]

(19)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73AE  After subsection 64(6)

Insert:

          (6A)  Where there are proceedings before the Tribunal under this Act in relation to a document that is claimed to be an exempt document and the document has been produced to the Tribunal other than in accordance with subsection (1) or (2), the Tribunal must, after inspecting the document, return the document to the person by whom it was produced without permitting any person other than a member of the Tribunal as constituted for the purposes of the proceeding or a member of the staff of the Tribunal in the course of the performance of his or her duties as a member of that staff, to have access to the document or disclosing the contents of the document to any such person.

[protection of documents]

(20)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73AF Section 65

Omit “, 33A, 34, 35 or 36”, substitute “or 34”.

[review by the Tribunal]

(21)   Schedule 1, page 13 (after line 19), after item 73, insert:

73AG  After paragraph 66(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Where a person makes application to the Tribunal under section 55 for a review of a decision relating to access to a document and after the application is made:

                     (a)  the agency or Minister issues a certificate in relation to the document; or

                     (b)  the agency or Minister claims a new ground for refusing to grant access to the document and the Tribunal is not satisfied that the document is an exempt document on the ground or grounds claimed by the agency or Minister in refusing to grant access to the document;

the Tribunal may, in its discretion, recommend to the Attorney-General that the costs of the applicant in relation to the proceedings be paid by the Commonwealth.

73AH  Subsection 66(3)

After “subsection (1)”, insert “or (2A)”.

[discretion to determine payment of costs]