Senate debates

Monday, 18 October 2021


Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Equity Investments and Other Measures) Bill 2021; In Committee

6:55 pm

Photo of Dorinda CoxDorinda Cox (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move Australian Greens amendment No. 2 on sheet 1406:

(2) Page 7, at the end of the Bill (after proposed Schedule 3), add:

Schedule 4 — Freedom of Information Act 1982

Freedom of Information Act 1982

1 Division 1 of Part II of Schedule 2 (item dealing with Export Finance and Insurance Corporation)

Omit "4 or".

2 Application of amendments

The amendment made this Schedule does not apply to documents brought into existence before the commencement of this item.

This amendment seeks to remove the EFA's partial FOI exemption. This will increase the transparency and accountability, ensuring that the public can understand what projects are being funded by EFA. Just as the government seeks to hide the investments of the Future Fund, which poured money into Adani and the Myanmar military, it wants to hide where our public money is being invested overseas. The government is also seeking to exempt all national cabinet discussions from FOI. This is yet another move designed to hide decision-making from the public. This is a government addicted to secrecy, and this has to stop.


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