2019 Correspondence with three organisations

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From: Luke Bacon

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Dear Department of the Environment and Energy,

Could you please send through any documents containing the following correspondence and discussions:

- all correspondence, since January 1 2019, from and to the Business Council of Australia, Minerals Council of Australia, or Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.
- internal discussion in relation to this correspondence.

Where possible, I would prefer that this information is provided in it's original format - that is to say, either in Microsoft Word or HTML (where received online or via email). I ask that you not use PDFs wherever possible as it makes it difficult to read the information.

If possible, please treat this as an administrative/informal request. Otherwise please proceed with my request as a formal information request under the Act.

Thank you for your work as always.

Yours faithfully,

Luke

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From: FOI Contact Officer
Department of the Environment and Energy

Dear Luke

Thank you for your request.

We would like to discuss the scope of your request. Would it be possible for you to provide a contact phone number or alternatively contact us on 02 6274 2098?

We look forward to speaking with you.

Kind regards

Felicity Slater
FOI Contact Officer | General Counsel Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
a: GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2600
t: 02 6274 2098
e: [Department of the Environment and Energy request email]

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From: Luke Bacon

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Hi Felicity,

I'm actually overseas at the moment in Europe, and it's a bit tricky to call. If you don't mind, email would suit me better.

I'm happy to adjust the scope though, what were your thoughts?

Yours sincerely,

Luke Bacon

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From: FOI Contact Officer
Department of the Environment and Energy

Hi Luke

Thanks for your email.

We are unable to process your request because it does not contain sufficient information to enable us to identify the document(s) that you are after. We are not able to identify the documents that fall within the second point of your request ('internal discussion in relation to this correspondence') without first identifying the documents that fall within the first point of your request (the correspondence). Further, this first dot point may attract practical refusal due to the large number of documents that are likely to be captured within the scope of your request.

We think one way to address both of these issues is to identify a particular project or issue that you are interested in within that correspondence.

Feel free to submit a new request.

Kind regards

Felicity Slater
FOI Contact Officer | General Counsel Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
a: GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2600
t: 02 6274 2098
e: [Department of the Environment and Energy request email]

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From: Luke Bacon

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Hi Felicity,

That's really useful to know, thank you.

I would like to make a new request then, narrowed to just correspondence with the 'Minerals Council of Australia', and just from March 2019.

As per your suggestion, let's exclude that second point from my original request this time.

Also, as always and where possible, I would prefer that this information is provided in it's original format---like the original request.

Thanks for clarifying with me.

Yours sincerely,

Luke Bacon

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From: FOI Contact Officer
Department of the Environment and Energy

Hi Luke

Thanks for your email. Unfortunately, your new scope 'correspondence with Minerals Council of Australia from March 2019' does not contain sufficient information to enable us to identify the document(s) that you are after. We are unable to process your request. As flagged below, you may wish to identify a particular project or issue that you are interested in within that correspondence.

Kind regards

FOI Contact Officer | General Counsel Branch Department of the Environment and Energy
a: GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2600
t: 02 6274 2098
e: [Department of the Environment and Energy request email]

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From: Luke Bacon

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Hi there,

I will try and be more specific :) To clarify, by 'correspondence with Minerals Council of Australia from March 2019' I mean: emails, letters, and other submissions, sent to the Department by Minerals Council of Australia staff in March 2019, and any responses.

Is that sufficient information to enable you to identify the documents I am after?

Thanks for your help as always,

Luke Bacon

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From: FOI Contact Officer
Department of the Environment and Energy

Hi Luke,

Thanks for the response. The issue from our side is that it is not clear from the request where we would hold the document(s) you seek.

If we were to action it in its current form , we would need to approach every team in the Department to ask if they contacted the Minerals Council for any reason in March. As you can understand, this would be a very large task for us to undertake, and we think that you may be interested in something a bit more specific, which would in turn, help us identify the right team to ask.

To this end, is there any specific subject matter in the correspondence between the Department and the Minerals Council you are interested in?

If you're unsure, feel free to contact us on (02) 6274 2541 to discuss further.

FOI Contact Officer | General Counsel Branch Department of the Environment and Energy
a: GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2600
t: 02 6274 2541
e: [Department of the Environment and Energy request email]

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From: Luke Bacon

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Aha, now I understand. Sorry, I assumed you had some kind of search tools to search across Department records.

Would it help if we narrowed the scope to just correspondence with the Ministers' Office, rather than the whole Department?

Also, could you please point me to a list of the teams in the department?

Thanks again,

Luke Bacon

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From: FOI Contact Officer
Department of the Environment and Energy

Hi Luke

Thanks for your email. Here is a copy of our organisation chart to assist you in narrowing down your request.

https://www.environment.gov.au/system/fi...

Kind regards

FOI Contact Officer | General Counsel Branch Department of the Environment and Energy
a: GPO Box 787 CANBERRA ACT 2600
t: 02 6274 2541
e: [Department of the Environment and Energy request email]

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