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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AMENDMENT BILL 1983-Message from the House of Representatives

The following Message from the House of Representatives was reported: MR PRESIDENT, Message No. 123 The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill intituled ''A Bill for an Act to amend the 'Freedom of Information Act 1982', and for related purposes'', and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to the Bill with the amendments indicated by the annexed Schedule, in which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

House of Representatives, H. A. JENKINS, Canberra, 20 October 1983 Speaker Ordered-That the Message be considered in Committee of the Whole forthwith.

In the Committee

Message read-


No. 1-Clause 27, page 14, lines 15 and 16, omit '', not being a decision made under sections 33 and 33A of this Act'', substitute ''(not being a decision made by a Minister)''.

No. 2-Clause 27, page 14, at the end of proposed section 52F add the following sub-section: ''(3) Notwithstanding anything in this Part, the reference in sub-section (1) to a decision made by a Minister shall not be taken to include a reference to a decision made by a person in the exercise of a power delegated by a Minister.''.

No. 3-Clause 30, page 15, omit the clause, substitute the following clause: Applications to Administrative Appeals Tribunal ''30. Section 55 of the Principal Act is amended- (a) by omitting from paragraph (3) (b) 'he made that application' and substituting 'that application was received by or on behalf of the agency concerned'; and

(b) by omitting from paragraph (4) (c) '57 (4)' and substituting '52B (3)'.

No. 4-After clause 31, page 15, insert the following new clause:

Repeal of section 57 ''31A. Section 57 of the Principal Act is repealed.''.

The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) moved-That the amendments made by the House of Representatives be agreed to.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and passed.

Resolution to be reported.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Collard) reported that the Committee had considered Message No. 123 of the House of Representatives with reference to the Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 1983 and had agreed to the amendments made by the House of Representatives in the Bill.

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the Report from the Committee was adopted.