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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Evans moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate--

(a) expresses its concern at the failure of the Executive to explain adequately its rejection of most of the arguments and recommendations for legislative change contained in the unanimous 526 page report of the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs;

(b) regrets the excessive deference to bureaucratic influence that appears to have been involved in the rejection of significant Senate Committee recommendations and in the incorporation of significant new limitations on the scope and operation of the original 1978 Bill;

(c) expresses its hope that the Executive will in the course of the Committee stage debate give close and sympathetic consideration to the need for substantial amendment of the Bill if it is to be worthy of its name; and

(d) reaffirms its continuing commitment to the principle of effective freedom of information legislation, in the belief that such legislation is indispensable to both administrative justice and sound and effective public sector decision-making in the national interest''.

Debate ensued.

And it being eleven p.m.--