The committee recommends that the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill be
revised and reissued to explain clearly that the Bill's proposed new exemption:
- applies only to documents prepared by departments and agencies
for the 'dominant purpose' of providing information to the Parliamentary Budget
Office or the Parliamentary Budget Officer relating to a confidential request,
and that it does not apply to documents prepared or held by those departments
and agencies in the ordinary course of their business or activities; and
- is modelled on the existing exemption under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 for Cabinet documents.
Subject to Recommendation 1, the committee recommends that the Senate
pass the Bill.
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