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Freedom of information implications of information sharing networks for critical infrastructure protection

Clapperton, Dale, Corones, Stephen, Hedge, Susan, & Lane, Bill (2008) Freedom of information implications of information sharing networks for critical infrastructure protection. Australian Journal of Administrative Law, 15(4), pp. 193-212.

Abstract

Protection of “critical infrastructure” has become a major issue for govern- ments worldwide. Yet in Australia, as in many other countries, including the United States, an estimated 90% of critical infrastructure is privately owned or operated commercially – in other words, critical infrastructure protection is not the exclusive domain of government. As a result, information sharing between government and the private sector has become a vitally important component of effective risk management. However, establishing effective arrangements of this kind between the public and private sector needs to take account of existing regimes of access and public disclosure which relate to government-held documents; in particular, that which is established by freedom of information (FOI) legislation. This article examines the extent to which the current Commonwealth FOI regime is likely to act as an impediment to the private sector operators of critical infrastructure participat- ing in government-operated information sharing arrangements. By examining developments in other jurisdictions, principally the United States, the article considers whether amendments to the current Australian FOI regime are necessary to ensure effective participation, consistent with the underlying object and purpose of FOI.

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ID Code: 30803
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Freedom Of Information, Security, Administrative Law, Critical Infrastructure
ISSN: 1320-7105
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Administrative Law (180103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 22:47
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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