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Parliamentary Service Amendment (Freedom of Information) Bill 2013

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Parliamentary Service Act 1999

1  Before section 69

Insert:

68A   Departments and office holders not prescribed authorities for Freedom of Information Act purposes

                   None of the following is a prescribed authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 :

                     (a)  a Department of the Parliament that is established under this Act;

                     (b)  a person who holds, or performs the duties of, an office established under this Act.

2  Transitional

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 is taken to have had the effect it would have had if:

                     (a)  each Department of the Parliament established under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 had been taken not to have been a prescribed authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 at all times after the Department was established under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 ; and

                     (b)  each person who held, or performed the duties of, an office established under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 had been taken not to have been a prescribed authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 by virtue of his or her holding, or performing the duties of, that office.