Chief Scientist Ralph Slatyer's investigation into suitable locations for the storage of nuclear waste (1991)
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From: Dan Monceaux
Dear FoI Officers,
I am writing to request an electronic copy of the results (most likely in the form of a report) of an investigation involving Australia's Chief Scientist Ralph Slatyer circa 1991, on the direction of Prime Minister Robert (Bob) Hawke and relevant to your agency.
In the press conference linked below given in 2015, Hawke mentioned this work, stating "In my last final period as prime minister, I had a world economic group of geologists and experts commissioned to find out where are the world’s safest remote sites for storage of waste".
I am sorry to say that I don't know who the co-authors of this work were nor do I know the names of any documents or reports produced. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that a copy (or copies) rest in the archives of the Office of the Chief Scientist.
If possible I wish to ask for the administrative release of these documents. Alternatively, if you deem it necessary, I am willing to request them under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
I previously lodged a similar request with ANSTO, who searched and found no matching documents in their archives. Their staff suggested I try directing my request to the Office of the Chief Scientist (via the Department of Innovation) instead.
I hope you are able to assist me with this.
From: Freedom of Information
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dear Mr Monceaux,
We refer to your email below of 14 January 2018. You have requested access to documents in relation to " ...an investigation involving Australia's Chief Scientist Ralph Slatyer circa 1991, on the direction of Prime Minister Robert (Bob) Hawke and relevant to your agency”
Please be advised that the documents you have requested fall within the open access period under the Archives Act 1983. To assist, we have enclose the link regarding open access period under the Archives Act http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sh.... In light of this, please contact the National Archives of Australia for assistance.
The department has considered your FOI request dated 14 January 2018 is deemed withdrawn and we will not take further action regarding this matter.
Should you have any queries regarding this email please contact the FOI team.
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