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 36 COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 1) 2002

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Tanner who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not denying the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) expresses its strong objection to the fact that the Bill seriously undermines the Freedom of Information Act by exempting certain documents created with respect to decisions regarding offensive Internet content by the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, the Classification Board and the Classification Review Board, from the scope of the FOI Act; and

(2) notes that this removal of FOI scrutiny will seriously undermine the level of transparency and accountability of the decision-making processes of these agencies and that the Government is seeking to disguise the fact that its attempts to censor the Internet have proved ineffectual".

Debate adjourned (Mr C. P. Thompson), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.