The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has introduced the Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017 into the House of Representatives. The Bill sets out to clarify the secrecy and disclosure provisions within the current Australian Border Force Act 2015. It ultimately seeks to reflect the policy intent behind the Act.
According to the explanatory memorandum to the Bill, the Bill will:
Mr Dutton explained that the secrecy and disclosure provisions in Part 6 of the Act were adapted from a model that has not kept pace with modern border environments. He said “This environment is complex and dynamic, and updated legislative settings are required to facilitate the evolving work of [the] department.”
Ultimately, he stressed that the Bill aims to provide a level of protection to information provided to department while at the same time ensure that said information can be disclosed when appropriate. He went on to say:
Essentially, the Bill seeks to walk the fine line between protecting sensitive information while upholding a commitment to an open and accountable government.
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Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017, Bill, and Explanatory Materials as Published on TimeBase's LawOne
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