Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2010

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  • Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009
Type
Government
Portfolio
Cabinet Secretary
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
42
Summary
Introduced with the Australian Information Commissioner Bill 2010, the bill amends: the
Freedom of Information Act 1982
to: establish a statutory framework for an information publication scheme for certain Commonwealth agencies; remove fees for applications under the Act; enable the Australian Information Commissioner to extend time periods for processing requests in certain cases; provide for consultation processes when responding to onerous requests; provide that documents held by certain contracted service providers are subject to the Act; and limit access to certain intelligence agency information and documents of the Department of Defence; the
Archives Act 1983
to reduce open access periods for certain Commonwealth records; the
Archives Act 1983
,
Freedom of Information Act 1982
and
Privacy Act 1988
to: amend exemption provisions; and provide for a public interest test; the
Freedom of Information Act 1982
and
Ombudsman Act 1976
to provide that the Australian Information Commissioner has: a merits review and an investigatory function; and the power to declare a person to be a vexatious applicant; and 17 Acts consequent on the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Also makes consequential and transitional amendments.

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Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26 Nov 2009
Second reading moved 26 Nov 2009
Second reading debate 11 May 2010
Second reading debate 12 May 2010
Second reading agreed to 12 May 2010
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 20 government amendments agreed to
12 May 2010
Third reading agreed to 12 May 2010
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 13 May 2010
Second reading moved 13 May 2010
Second reading debate 13 May 2010
Second reading agreed to 13 May 2010
Committee of the Whole debate 13 May 2010
Third reading agreed to 13 May 2010
Text of bill as passed both Houses 13 May 2010
Assent
  • Act no.: 51
  • Year: 2010
31 May 2010

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Senate

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changed to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either theĀ Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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