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To whom it may concern

Current AER Chair, Clare Savage, is a member of the Liberal Party and was politically appointed to her statutory position on that basis.

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to any emails contained in all of Clare Savage’s AER/ACCC issued email accounts (including all archived and deleted items) that contain the following term (in the body of an email and/or in the addressee fields of an email): “liberal.org.au”. Relevant documents can be quickly identified by searching “All Outlook Items” in Ms Savage’s email client for the term “liberal.org.au”.

I’m aware of at least 7 documents that fall within the scope of my request and that will be identified and provided in response to my request assuming the obligations set out by the Public Service Act 1999, the Archives Act 1983, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 have been complied with.

Yours faithfully,
G Laney

AER Inquiry, Australian Energy Regulator

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear G Laney,

Acknowledgment of request for access under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (Cth)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) acknowledges
receipt of your email of 8 May 2022 requesting, under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth), to:

‘Current AER Chair, Clare Savage, is a member of the Liberal Party and was
politically appointed to her statutory position on that basis.

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to any emails contained in all of Clare
Savage’s AER/ACCC issued email accounts (including all archived and
deleted items) that contain the following term (in the body of an email
and/or in the addressee fields of an email): “liberal.org.au”.  Relevant
documents can be quickly identified by searching “All Outlook Items” in Ms
Savage’s email client for the term “liberal.org.au”.

I’m aware of at least 7 documents that fall within the scope of my request
and that will be identified and provided in response to my request
assuming the obligations set out by the Public Service Act 1999, the
Archives Act 1983, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Criminal
Code Act 1995 have been complied with.’

Please note that whilst the AER is a separate legal entity, it does not
hold separate records in its own right and is staffed by the ACCC.
Therefore, FOI requests for AER documents are processed by ACCC’s FOI
section.

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Yours sincerely,

 

Jess Davies

 

 

FOI Administration | Corporate Law Unit | Specialist Advice and Services
Division

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Level 1 | 23 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra ACT 2601 | [1]www.accc.gov.au

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your email.

Noting paragraphs 6.153 and 6.154 of the FOI Guidelines made under s.93A of the FOI Act, I consent to the redaction, from any relevant document, of the personal information of any person who isn’t, or wasn’t (at the relevant time), an APS employee, a statutory officer or a member of Parliament.

Additionally, I’m happy to provide further information that goes to the public interest in the documents the subject of my request in response to a notice issued under subsection 29(1) of the FOI Act and/or in response to an access refusal decision including by reference to Ms Savage’s conduct in public office, her use of public funds/resources and by reference the widespread community support for an independent anti-corruption commission at the federal level.

Yours sincerely,
G Laney

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear G Laney,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

You have advised that you would like to exclude certain categories of
personal information from the scope of your request. As such, the scope of
your request has been revised to:

‘Current AER Chair, Clare Savage, is a member of the Liberal Party and was
politically appointed to her statutory position on that basis.

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to any emails contained in all of Clare
Savage’s AER/ACCC issued email accounts (including all archived and
deleted items) that contain the following term (in the body of an email
and/or in the addressee fields of an email): “liberal.org.au”.  Relevant
documents can be quickly identified by searching “All Outlook Items” in Ms
Savage’s email client for the term “liberal.org.au”.

I’m aware of at least 7 documents that fall within the scope of my request
and that will be identified and provided in response to my request
assuming the obligations set out by the Public Service Act 1999, the
Archives Act 1983, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Criminal
Code Act 1995 have been complied with.

I consent to the redaction, from any relevant document, of the personal
information of any person who isn’t, or wasn’t (at the relevant time), an
APS employee, a statutory officer or a member of Parliament.’

 

We note your comments in relation to providing further information
relating to the public interest that goes to the documents. If you have
any additional information that you wish a decision maker to take into
account in making a decision, please provide this information as soon as
possible. However, please note, the ACCC has not yet decided whether
charges will be imposed for processing your request. Should any such
charges be imposed you will be notified in due course and you will have
the opportunity to request that such charges be waived or reduced on
financial hardship or public interest grounds.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Jess Davies

 

 

FOI Administration | Corporate Law Unit | Specialist Advice and Services
Division

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Level 1 | 23 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra ACT 2601 | [1]www.accc.gov.au

The ACCC acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of Country
throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the
land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures;
and to their Elders past, present and future.

 

 

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear G Laney,

 

Please find the attached for your consideration.

 

Kind regards,

 

Rebecca Fenech

FOI Manager | Corporate Law Unit | Specialist Advice and Services Division
(SASD)

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
23 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra 2601 | [1]www.accc.gov.au
T: (02) 6243 1244

 

The ACCC acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout
Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to their
Elders past, present and future.

 

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is confidential and may also be the subject of legal, professional or
other privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not
review, copy, disseminate, disclose to others or take action in reliance
on, any material contained within this email. If you have received this
email in error, please let the ACCC know by reply email to the sender
informing them of the mistake and delete all copies from your computer
system. For the purposes of the Spam Act 2003, this email is authorised by
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