Australian Parliament Gives Itself a FOI Exemption

1 July 2013

Both the House and the Senate in Australia have passed legislation to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information Act.

The debate is described in a series of posts, including this one, by Peter Timmins in his blog Open and Shut. The bills passed easily.

The exemption comes in advance of the imminent release of a government-commissioned FOI review by Allan Hawke that among other things was to cover ”the appropriateness of the range of agencies covered” by FOI. Timmins has written that the report was finished in April.

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