Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Cbus Super Fund; Order for the Production of Documents
At the request of Senator Bragg, I move:
(a) the Senate notes that:
(i) freedom of information request no. 3331 (the request) sought correspondence, emails and communications between CBUS Super Fund and the Treasurer and his office since 21 May 2022,
(ii) certain documents were not released, or were heavily redacted, under section 45 and subsection 47G(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, in response to the request on the basis that the documents contain material obtained in confidence or disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to prejudice the future supply of information to the Commonwealth, and
(iii) documents obtained in confidence or where the disclosure could reasonably be expected to prejudice the future supply of information to the Commonwealth is not a sufficient public interest immunity ground to withhold the documents from the Senate;
(b) there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Treasurer, by no later than midday on Thursday, 19 October 2023:
(i) the email from CBUS Super Fund dated 2:12:59 PM on Monday, 6 February 2023 (document no. 1), without the redactions referred to in paragraph (a)(ii),
(ii) the email from CBUS Super Fund, dated 3:02 PM on Thursday, 24 November 2022, and the response, dated 3:55:00 PM on Thursday, 24 November 2022 (document no. 7), without the redactions referred to in paragraph (a)(ii), and
(iii) two further documents (nos 2 and 8), that were not released in response to the request, due to the operation of section 45 and subsection 47G(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
by leave—I move:
Omit "19 October 2023" and substitute "6 November 2023".
It is a simple change to the date on which the material is required to be laid on the table by the minister. My amendment changes the date from Thursday 19 October 2023 to Monday 6 November 2023.