Beneficial Ownership Register

Evelyn Doyle made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Treasury

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From: Evelyn Doyle

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Dear Treasury FOI Team,

I am following up on the government's early proposal to establish a Beneficial Ownership Register (BOR), which was raised in an article in the Guardian newspaper on Monday 11 February 2019 titled 'Coalition abandons plan for register to help beat tax avoidance'.

I also note the BOR is being considered under the Australian Government Partnership recommendations and as of April 2019 implementation has been marked as delayed (not abandoned).

In the above mentioned article, the response from Treasury was noted as: “The government is considering what action may be needed to increase the transparency of beneficial ownership of companies.”

I would like to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, any documents that relate to the government's plans to increase transparency of beneficial ownership of companies including those that refer to establishment of the BOR.

Please include emails, ministerial correspondence, briefings and any relevant file notes from January 2017 to the present day.

Please exclude the submissions from the consultation which ran from 12 February 2017 - 13 March 2017 and are already publicly available on your website.

Yours faithfully,

Evelyn Doyle

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-----Original Message-----
From: Evelyn Doyle <[FOI #5511 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, 9 July 2019 7:27 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Beneficial Ownership Register

 

Dear Treasury FOI Team,

 

I am following up on the government's early proposal to establish a
Beneficial Ownership Register (BOR), which was raised in an article in the
Guardian newspaper on Monday 11 February 2019 titled 'Coalition abandons
plan for register to help beat tax avoidance'.

 

I also note the BOR is being considered under the Australian Government
Partnership recommendations and as of April 2019 implementation has been
marked as delayed (not abandoned).

 

In the above mentioned article, the response from Treasury was noted as:
“The government is considering what action may be needed to increase the
transparency of beneficial ownership of companies.”

 

I would like to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, any
documents that relate to the government's plans to increase transparency
of beneficial ownership of companies including those that refer to
establishment of the BOR.

 

Please include emails, ministerial correspondence, briefings and any
relevant file notes from January 2017 to the present day.

 

Please exclude the submissions from the consultation which ran from 12
February 2017 - 13 March 2017 and are already publicly available on your
website.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Evelyn Doyle

 

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Dear Ms Doyle

 

Please see the attached correspondence relating to FOI 2528.

 

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From: Evelyn Doyle

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Dear FOI team

Thank you for your response advising that the scope of my original request was too broad.

After discussion with one of your team members I would like to revise my FOI request as follows:

I would like to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, all briefings / briefs to the Treasurer from the Department of the Treasury about the establishment of a Beneficial Ownership Register (BOR) including any about the decision not to proceed with the BOR. Please limit your search to between January 2018 to the present day.

Thanks for you assistance in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Evelyn Doyle

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Dear Ms Doyle

I am writing to seek your agreement to a section 15AA extension of time to process your FOI request.

Under section 15AA of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) you can agree to up to 30 days, noting we are seeking a two week extension of time.

We would be grateful if you could confirm whether you agree to our request. The new due date would be 24 August 2019.

Regards

Freedom of Information Officer
The Treasury
Ph: +61 2 6263 2800
e: [email address]

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From: Evelyn Doyle <[FOI #5511 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:33 AM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Re: FOI 2528 correspondence [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear FOI team

Thank you for your response advising that the scope of my original request was too broad.

After discussion with one of your team members I would like to revise my FOI request as follows:

I would like to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, all briefings / briefs to the Treasurer from the Department of the Treasury about the establishment of a Beneficial Ownership Register (BOR) including any about the decision not to proceed with the BOR. Please limit your search to between January 2018 to the present day.

Thanks for you assistance in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Evelyn Doyle

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Dear Ms Doyle

 

Please see the attached correspondence relating to FOI 2528.

 

Regards

 

Freedom of Information Officer

The Treasury

Ph: +61 2 6263 2800

e: [1][email address

 

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From: Evelyn Doyle

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Dear FOI team,

Thank you for your message requesting more time to process my request. I to agree to extending the time by two weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Evelyn Doyle

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Dear Ms Doyle

 

Please find attached correspondence regarding your FOI request 2528.

 

Regards

 

FOI Officer

Law Design Office

Revenue Group

The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600

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