1 October 2013
Ms Margot Kingston
By email: [FOI #418 email]
Dear Ms Kingston
FOI REQUEST - REFERENCE NUMBER 2013-040
I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act) in your email of 22 September 2013. You have sought access to the following
all documents which refer to or discuss complaints received, the review and the
decision to invite [Piers Akerman] back on the show [following his appearance on Insiders
on 16 June 2013], including any conditions or guidelines concerning his
documents which refer to or discuss his performance on the show on 22 September,
including any complaints received about or touching upon his allegations against
Julia Gillard regarding motor vehicle expenses.
I confirm that the 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the
day after your application was received, being 23 September 2013.
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 23
October 2013. 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 will
be advised of any charges as well as any need to consult third parties in relation to your
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
You should also be aware that by making an FOI request, you may be providing personal
information to the ABC. The ABC will manage any such information in accordance with the
Please 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.
I will consider your request and provide you with a decision as soon as practicable.
Head, Corporate Governance
Direct line 02 8333 5316