12 October 2016
By email: [FOI #2298 email]
FOI REQUEST – REFERENCE NUMBER 2016–027
I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Act) in your email of 28 September. Specifically, you have sought access to the following documents:
“Emails, letters and memo created and held by the ABC between 22 July 2016 and 27
September 2016 (inclusive) regarding the participation of Blair Cottrell on
Hack Live: Aussie
Patriots as broadcast on 22 September 2016.
Based on the nature and scope of your request, it appears reasonable that we confine our search for
documents to the program areas concerned with the production of Hack Live
. Please let me know if
you have any concerns regarding this approach.
I confirm that the 30-day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day
after your application was received, being 29 September.
Subject to any suspension of the processing period or extension of the time for deciding this
application, the ABC is required to make a determination in relation to this application by
28 October. Please note that processing charges may be imposed and that consultation with third
parties may be required. If it is necessary to seek agreement to pay charges or to consult with third
parties, additional processing time is provided under the FOI Act. You wil be advised of any charges
as well as any need to consult third parties in relation to your request.
Please note that the ABC is required by the FOI Act to publish decisions and accessed information on
its website within 10 working days after the release of the documents to the FOI applicant.
You should also be aware that by making an FOI request, you may be providing personal information
Details of that policy are available on the ABC’s website: http://about.abc.net.au/abc-privacy-
lease note that personal information (such as your name) may be disclosed in the course of
processing this request, for instance for the purposes of consultation or internal reporting.
Your request will be considered and you will be provided with a decision as soon as practicable.
Corporate Compliance Coordinator