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Tuesday, 15 September 1987
Page: 88


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Attorney-General)(5.04) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill is a companion measure to the Privacy Bill which I have just introduced. The main amendment made by this Bill is to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOI Act, to introduce reverse FOI for personal affairs documents. That is, where documents requested under FOI include a record of personal affairs of a person other than the requestor, the record subject must, if possible, be consulted and given an opportunity to seek exemption from disclosure to the requestor of that record. Another amendment to the FOI Act will slightly restrict the circumstances in which a ground of exemption from access can be used to prevent access to a record of personal affairs by the record subject. Otherwise this Bill makes essentially machinery amendments to ensure that privacy complaints wrongly directed to other agencies are transferred to the Data Protection Agency for investigation under the Privacy Bill without inconvenience to the complainant. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Reith) adjourned.