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Wednesday, 27 October 1993
Page: 2670

Senator MARGETTS (7.26 p.m.) —Amendment No. 2, circulated in my name, also refers to the `Principal Act' being the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The purpose of the amendment is to limit fees—to make the process freedom of information, rather than freedom from information—to a maximum of $100, because we have already paid for this information in our taxes. As I also mentioned before, the way fees are structured encourages procrastination on the part of the bureaucracy. The second part of the amendment will ensure that members of parliament can access such information free of charge, so that it can be available to the people of Australia. I commend amendment No. 2 to the chamber. I move:

2. At end of bill, add the following Part:


Principal Act

"44. In this Part, "Principal Act" means the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Limitation on fees

"45. Section 94 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting `; and' at the end of paragraph (1)(a), and substituting:

`but so that:

(i)the maximum charge for any single such request and access does not exceed $100; and

    (ii)a person holding office as a member of the Parliament is exempt from paying any such charges; and'.".