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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1317

Question No. 76

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 4 May 1983:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to the serious commercial disadvantages to which statutory authorities, such as the Australian Wheat Board, would be subject under the Freedom of Information proposals if they gave details of their contracts and sales.

(2) If so, will he take action so that these details need not be divulged.

Mr Kerin —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The Government has given full consideration to Freedom of Information matters, including the need to ensure that commercial statutory authorities are not disadvantaged by the requirements of the legislation. Recent changes to the Freedom of Information Act announced by the Attorney-General on 24 May 1983 provide protection to statutory authorities for their commercial information, and do not alter the previous safeguards under the Act.