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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3215

Mr Holding asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 19 March 1980:

(   1 ) Has an inter-departmental committee (IDC) been established to review the Report on Freedom of Information legislation by the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs.

(2)   If so, (a) who are the members of that IDC, (b) what are their designations and salaries and (c) which Departments do they represent.

(3)   How many meetings of the IDC had been held up to 14 March 1980.

(4)   Had the IDC reported to the Attorney-General by 14 March 1 980; if so, what was the substance of the report.

(5)   If no report has been received, when will the ICD report.

(6)   Will any report and/or recommendations by the IDC be made public.

Mr Ellicott - The Attorney-General has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Government did not establish an interdepartmental committee to review the Report to which the question refers. After closely considering the Report, I have put proposals before the Government as to the response the Government should make to it. Before I did so, my Department sought the comments of a number of Departments on the Report. This was in accordance with the normal practice that Departments directly affected by policy proposals are consulted before the Minister concerned puts those proposals before the Government.

(2)   , (3), (4), (5) and (6). See answer to ( 1 ).

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