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Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2010


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Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Cabinet Secretary

Summary

Introduced with the Australian Information Commissioner Bill 2010, the bill amends: the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to: establish a statutory framework for an information publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Australian Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the Archives Act 1983 to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the Archives Act 1983, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1988 to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Ombudsman Act 1976 to provide that the Australian Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments.

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 26/11/09  
Second reading moved 26/11/09  
Second reading debate 11/05/10  
Second reading debate 12/05/10  
Second reading agreed to 12/05/10  
Consideration in detail debate 12/05/10 Amendment details: 20 government amendments agreed to
Third reading agreed to 12/05/10  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13/05/10  
Second reading moved 13/05/10  
Second reading debate 13/05/10  
Second reading agreed to 13/05/10  
Committee of the Whole debate 13/05/10  
Third reading agreed to 13/05/10  
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 13/05/10  
Assent 31/05/10 Act no.: 51 - Year: 2010
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • Third reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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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 CD222]

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 6106]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (30/11/2009): Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
  • Committee report (16/03/2010)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )