Acting Treasurer Scott Morrison's sign off of DGR requests

Treasurer did not have the information requested.

Dear Treasurer,

I am seeking the following information.

The Hon Scott Morrison, fomerly Prime Minister of Australia, was secretly appointed to administer the Department of Health on 14 March 2020; the Department of Finance on 30 March 2020; the Department of Home Affairs on 6 May 2021, the Department of the Treasury on 6 May 2021, and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on 15 April 2021.

I am seeking information that pertains to his possible actions in relation to organisations seeking DGR recipient status.

Given that Mr Morrison became Treasurer secretly in May of 2021, I am seeking any information in relation to requests for or approvals by Mr Morrison for DGR status, including any correspondence, emails, file notes or other correspondence between the 1st of March, 2021 and the date of the election, 2022.

I seek this information especially in relation to the organisations listed here who were approved between the dates of 6th May, 2021 and the date of the election (link provided for easier searching).

Yours faithfully,

Karen Reynolds

FOI, Treasurer

Dear Karen Reynolds

We write to acknowledge receipt of your request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ("FOI Act").

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The Treasury
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FOI, Treasurer

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Dear Ms Reynolds

Please see the attached decision.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Officer
The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600
Phone: +61 2 6263 2800
Email: [Treasurer request email]


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