ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell has indicated that Labor will honour the commitments made during the recent ACT election by introducing changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1989 to remove conclusive certificates, except in relation to national security considerations.
“Conclusive certificates currently operate to remove documents and information from disclosure under Freedom of Information legislation. Further, conclusive certificates seriously limit access to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to test decisions that documents subject to a conclusive certificate are exempt and protected from release under the Freedom of Information Act,” Mr Corbell said.
The Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2008 also proposes additional amendments to protect certain documents that ensure Ministers can fully exercise their responsibilities to the Assembly and its committees.
The Legislation will be introduced on Thursday.