Parliament returns to secrecy with exclusion of FOI requests

THE Parliament of Australia is again excluded from Freedom of Information requests, after a bill to restore the exclusion passed the Senate quietly on Tuesday night.

Under the bill, the Department of Parliamentary Services and departments for both the House of Representatives and the Senate are excluded from FOI requests.

It comes after media investigations into the operation of the parliament itself were approved in recent years, allowing the same transparency as most other federal government departments.

The latest changes return the three parliament departments to secrecy, through the exclusion which previously applied before 1999.

It passed the Senate unchanged from the bill which passed the House two weeks ago.

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