Page 292 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 1991

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MR COLLAERY (Attorney-General) (12.23): I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum that has already been circulated today. I move:

Schedule: After the amendment of the Electricity Act 1971, insert the following amendment:

"Freedom of Information Act 1989

(ii) a body that, under subsection (2) or the regulations, is not a prescribed authority for the purposes of this Act;

(iii) a Royal Commission appointed under the Royal Commissions Act 1991; or

(iv) a Board of Inquiry appointed under the Inquiries Act 1991;".

MR CONNOLLY (12.24): The Opposition has no difficulty with this amendment; it was clearly by way of an oversight. The position, certainly with the Federal Freedom of Information Act and, as I understand it, the Freedom of Information Act in Victoria - I am not sure of the position in New South Wales - is that royal commissions and inquiries are exempted from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. This amendment simply seeks to tidy up that position in the ACT. We have no objection to the amendment moved by the Attorney.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


MR SPEAKER: In regard to the ringing of the bells prior to the commencement of sittings, I have instructed that the bells be rung for a period of seven minutes in lieu of the existing five minutes as the additional time is apparently required by some members, if not all. I have also instructed that, as soon as work can be carried out, the tone be modulated and the repetitive ring cycle of the bells be lengthened to make the bells less audio aggressive.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 2.30 pm

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