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Opinion: Reform Process Must Be Fair, Balanced


July 25, 2011

In a blog for Open Forum, former Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton, CIPP, discusses last week's announcement by Privacy Minister Brendan O'Connor on a new push to reform the Privacy Act. "I have been on the record since 2000 with the clear view that the exemptions to the Privacy Act need reconsideration," Crompton writes, noting that the Australian Law Reform Commission has held a similar view. "Now that the process has been revived, it will be essential that the discussion is fact based and balanced. In particular, the media exemption, the political process exemption and the statutory cause of action all need to be considered objectively," he writes. 
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