ONE NATIONAL CIRCUIT
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Trav S
I refer to your email of 20 July 2021 in which you made a request to the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet (the Department
) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
) in the following terms:
Please refer FOI/2021/007 and in particular Mr Rush’s statement regarding documents
prepared for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister - Senator the Hon Jan
Relevantly, Mr Rush states “the matter continued to be the subject of consultations and
deliberations which were not finalised as at the date the Hon Jan McLucas ceased in the
role of PSPM.”
1. We would like to review the documents relevant to, and showing, the department’s
consultations and deliberations during Senator McLucas’s tenure as PSPM.
2. We would also like to review the documents relevant to, and showing, the department’s
consultations and deliberations during Senator the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh's tenure as
The authorised decision-maker for your request is Mr Peter Rush, Assistant Secretary,
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(Charges) Regulations 2019
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) is that an applicant is required to pay any
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30 July 2021