This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request '29 documents related to file 12/5946 - HOSM Amendment Regulation: Iraq clasp'.

Trav S 
Dear Trav S 
Freedom of information request No. 1-2122 

As requested, this communication addresses you as “Trav S”. I refer to your request 
for an internal review of OPC’s decision to refuse access under the Freedom of Information 
Act 1982
 (the FOI Act) to documents relating to the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal 
(Iraq) Declaration. 

I have conducted an internal review of the decision and have decided to refuse access 
to the documents in full. My reasons are set out below, along with the background and some 
further information about your rights. 

In communications made on 12 and 20 August 2021, you sought access to: 
Part 1: a document listing each of the 29 documents related to file 12/5946—
HOSM Amendment Regulation: Iraq clasp, recording the date each document 
was produced, the government agency/department producing each document, 
and each document’s subject as stated on the document; and 
Part 2: a copy of each email with the following Email Header metadata 
unredacted—the sender, receiver, subject and timestamp. 

On 31 August 2021, OPC’s General Manager Corporate refused your request. 

On 8 September 2021, you requested an internal review of that decision by email to 

I was asked to conduct the internal review, and am authorised under subsection 23(1) 
of the FOI Act to make decisions on behalf of OPC in relation to matters arising under the 
FOI Act. Under subsection 54C(3) of the FOI Act, I am required to make a fresh decision on 
behalf of OPC, within 30 days after the day your application for internal review was received. 
Internal review decision and reasons for decision 

In relation to Part 1 of your request, OPC has not identified any such document. 
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In relation to Part 2 of your request, I have considered the documents identified by 
OPC as falling within the scope of your request and have decided to refuse access to the 
documents, in full, on the grounds that they are exempt under section 42 of the FOI Act 
they are subject to legal professional privilege; and 
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC), as the agency 
entitled to claim the privilege, does not waive its claim in relation to the 

I consider that the documents are subject to legal professional privilege because they 
comprise communications for the dominant purpose of the following: 
provision of drafting instructions to the Office of Legislative Drafting and 
Publishing (whose functions have since been transferred to OPC); 
provision of draft legislation and legal advice by the Office of Legislative 
Drafting and Publishing to PMC. 
In your request for internal review, you expressed the view that legal professional 
privilege has been waived by wide distribution of the documents. However, the examples you 
gave do not appear to be examples of distribution of the particular documents and do not 
support an argument that legal professional privilege has been waived. 
I have considered whether it is possible and reasonably practicable for OPC to prepare 
an edited copy of the documents in accordance with section 22 of the FOI Act. I have 
concluded that it is not, on the basis that the nature and extent of the modifications required to 
ensure that the documents are no longer exempt would require total or near total redaction of 
all of their contents. 
Material taken into account in making decision 
I have taken the following material into account in making this decision: 
the correspondence between you and OPC mentioned above; 
the content of the documents identified as falling within the scope of your 
correspondence between OPC and PMC in which PMC confirms that it does 
not waive its claim to legal professional privilege in relation to the documents; 
the FOI Act; 
guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner under section 
93A of the FOI Act. 
Your review rights 
If you are not satisfied with this decision, you may apply to the Australian 
Information Commissioner for review of the decision. Your application should include a 
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copy of this decision and your reasons for disagreeing with it, and must be made in writing 
within 60 days of the date of this letter and lodged in one of the following ways: 

post:  GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001 
More information about Information Commissioner review is available on the Office 
of the Australian Information Commissioner website at
FOI complaints 
If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your FOI request, please let us 
know what we could have done better. We may be able to rectify the problem. If you are not 
satisfied with our response, you can make a complaint to the Australian Information 
Commissioner. A complaint to the Information Commissioner must be made in writing. 
Complaints can be lodged in one of the following ways: 

post: GPO Box 5218 Sydney 2001 
More information about complaints is available on the Office of the Australian 
Information Commissioner at
If you are not sure whether to lodge an Information Commissioner review or an 
Information Commissioner complaint, the Office of the Australian Information 
Commissioner has more information at 
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Questions about this decision 
If you have any questions about this decision, please contact OPC’s FOI Coordinator: 
by email: 
by post: 
FOI Coordinator 
Office of Parliamentary Counsel 
Locked Bag 30 
Kingston ACT 2604 
Yours sincerely 
Rebecca Considine 
First Assistant Parliamentary Counsel 
7 October 2021 
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