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Author Australian Law Reform Commission.

Title Review of secrecy laws : discussion paper / Australian Law Reform Commission
Published Sydney : Australian Law Reform Commission, 2009
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 MELB  KM 233.7 K1 Aus/Ros 2009  AVAILABLE
Description 596 pages ; 25 cm
Series Discussion paper / Australian Law Reform Commission ; 74
Discussion paper (Australian Law Reform Commission) ; 74
Contents 1. Introduction to the inquiry -- 2. Open government, secrecy and public interest -- 3. Sharing Commonwealth information -- 4. Freedom of information, privacy and secrecy -- 5. Overview of current secrecy laws -- 6. The need for a general secrecy offence -- 7. General secrecy offence: harm to public interests -- 8.General secrecy offence: elements -- 9. General secrecy offence: exceptions and penalties -- 10. Specific secrecy offences: elements -- 11. Specific secrecy offences: exceptions and penalties -- 12. Specific secrecy offences: simplification and consistency -- 13. Administrative obligations in the Australian Public Sector -- 14. Regulating beyond the Public Service Act -- 15. Fostering effective information-handling practices
Summary On 5 August 2008, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct an Inquiry into options for ensuring a consistent approach across government to the protection of Commonwealth information, balanced against the need to maintain an open and accountable government through providing appropriate access to information
Notes "June 2009"
"You are invited to provide a submission or comment on this Discussion paper"
"The Discussion paper reflects the law as at 1 June 2009"
"Commission Reference: DP 74"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Commonwealth of Australia 2009
Subject Secrecy -- Law and legislation -- Australia.
Executive privilege (Government information) -- Australia.
Disclosure of information -- Law and legislation -- Australia.
ISBN 9780980415360