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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 - SECT 45

Documents containing material obtained in confidence

             (1)  A document is an exempt document if its disclosure under this Act would found an action, by a person (other than an agency or the Commonwealth), for breach of confidence.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a document to which subsection 47C(1) (deliberative processes) applies (or would apply, but for subsection 47C(2) or (3)), that is prepared by a Minister, a member of the staff of a Minister, or an officer or employee of an agency, in the course of his or her duties, or by a prescribed authority or Norfolk Island authority in the performance of its functions, for purposes relating to the affairs of an agency or a Department of State unless the disclosure of the document would constitute a breach of confidence owed to a person or body other than:

                     (a)  a person in the capacity of Minister, member of the staff of a Minister or officer of an agency; or

                     (b)  an agency or the Commonwealth.



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