Communication related to LEX 64117 Use and obtaining of the nicknames

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Dear Services Australia,

I would like to request a copy of all correspondence related to the FOI request LEX 64117 Use and obtaining of the nicknames.
(Thanks again to Ms Nicole Clark for the confirmation of the existence of this 'practice').

I am looking for the following documents:
The external release received and sent communications.
Any internal communications/consultation emails.
Any external communications (Specifically looking for the communication with righttoknow, leading to the censorship of the LEX 64117 request online)

Yours faithfully,

Anatoly Kern

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Mr Kern

 

Thank you for your email to Services Australia (the agency ) dated 5
October 2021.

 

Currently, your request is not a valid request under the FOI Act because
it does not contain enough information to enable Services Australia to
identify the documents you are seeking. I am writing to assist you in
making a valid request under the FOI Act.

 

Making a valid request

 

Section 15 of the FOI Act provides the criteria for making a valid
request. Specifically, the request should:

 

·        be in writing and state that it is for the purposes of the FOI
Act

·        have a return address, and

·        relevantly, be a request for documents with enough information to
enable the agency to identify it.

 

In your email, you state that you are seeking:

             

A copy of all correspondence related to the FOI request LEX 64117 Use and
obtaining of the nicknames.

I am looking for the following documents:
The external release received and sent communications.
Any internal communications/consultation emails
Any external communications (Specifically looking for the communication
with righttoknow, leading to the censorship of the LEX 64117 request
online)

 

As your request is currently worded, it is unclear what documents you are
seeking. Specifically, I am not sure what you mean by ‘external release
received and sent communications’. I am also unsure what you are referring
to in relation to ‘communication with rightoknow, leading to the
censorship of the LEX 64117 request online’.

 

Should you wish to make a valid FOI request please provide any other
relevant information that may assist the agency to identify the documents
you are seeking.

 

Further assistance

 

You appear to refer in your email to concerns about ‘the use or obtaining
of nicknames’. As previously advised the Freedom of Information team does
not use ‘nicknames’ on decisions or correspondence. When corresponding
with external individuals or organisations, it is the FOI team’s practice
for senior officers to send the correspondence or more junior employees
from a positional mailbox.  

 

Please respond to this email by Thursday 21 October 2021 with further
information to enable the agency to register a valid FOI request. If we do
not hear from you within that time we will assume you no longer wish to
make a Freedom of Information request.

 

If you have any freedom of information related questions please email
[1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Colette

Information Access Branch

Legal Services Division

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Dear Sowhen,

I can hardly understand how a request for communication for a very specific LEX64177 could be more specific or misunderstood unless there is an intention to hide specific documents.

I note that I didn't ask for any response to the original request. I can understand why someone wants to hide their real name behind 'positional' distribution lists and nicknames/"junior first name's" and deny to provide any documents related to of this practice, but do not understand your phrase "it is the FOI team’s practice for senior officers to send the correspondence or more junior employees
from a positional mailbox."

Does not seem to have a meaning even accounting for a typo (or -> of) unless you are saying that your senior legal officers are working as clerks for your junior employees.

Nevertheless, may I kindly ask you to provide a full name and the title of the person making a decision on the response. You can keep the nickname/'junior empoyee first name" in the signature as well if you like, adding something like the commonly used "Authorised by" phrase.
E.g. "Authorised by Nicole Clark, clerk for the junior employee Collette" or whatever it is.

Yours sincerely,

Anatoly Kern