Commonwealth FOI Amendments Shouldn’t Miss the Opportunity for Real Reform: Submission on the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009 and Information Commissioner Bill 2009

9 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2010

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Nigel Waters

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 5, 2010

Abstract

Amendments to the FOI and Privacy Laws are generally welcome in that they should support ‘open government’ objectives. But the relationship between FOI and privacy laws, particularly in relation to access to information and grounds for withholding, raise some concerns about privacy protection. There are also unanswered questions about the new Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which will be responsible for both FOI and Privacy. This submission analyses the amendments and makes recommendations both for fine tuning, and for additional improvements in both regimes.

Keywords: Privacy Laws, Australia

Suggested Citation

Waters, Nigel, Commonwealth FOI Amendments Shouldn’t Miss the Opportunity for Real Reform: Submission on the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill 2009 and Information Commissioner Bill 2009 (December 5, 2010). UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-62, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720787

Nigel Waters (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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