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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (REMOVAL OF CONCLUSIVE CERTIFICATES AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2008 [2009]

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.


Senator Ludlam moved the following amendments together by leave:

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

 1A Subsection 7(1)

  Repeal the subsection.

 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.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 6

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

Xenophon

NOES, 41

Senators—

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Boyce

Brandis

Brown, Carol

Bushby (Teller)

Cameron

Carr

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Furner

Hurley

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

McEwen

McLucas

Nash

Parry

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Ronaldson

Ryan

Stephens

Sterle

Williams

Wortley

Question negatived.

Senator Ludlam moved the following amendment:

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

 1B Subsection 7(2A)

  Repeal the subsection.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Question—That the bill be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Ludlam, in respect of Schedule 1, item 2.

Schedule 1, item 2 debated and agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Bishop) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.