Communication with UNHCR regarding US refugee resettlement deal

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

I am requesting all communication between the Department and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees regarding the US refugee resettlement deal which was announced on 13 November 2016.

Yours faithfully,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch

 

Please find attached the acknowledgement of receipt for your recent FOI
Request. 

 

Request for an extension of time

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

I will approve the 30 day extension.

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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Good morning Mr Hirsch

We acknowledge your below email agreeing to the extension of time. This is taken to be an agreement (under s.15AA of the FOI Act) to extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days. Therefore, the due date for processing your request is Friday, 13 January 2017.

We will continue to progress your request.

Yours sincerely

FOI Officer
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Information Management Branch | Corporate Services Division Corporate Group Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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Dear Mr Hirsch,

 

This email refers to your FOI request received on 14 November 2016,
seeking access to:

 

All communication between the Department and United States officials
regarding the US refugee resettlement deal which was announced on 13
November 2016.

The purpose of this email is to advise you, as required under s.24AB of
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that I consider a practical
refusal reason exists under s.24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request. I have set out my reasons and the actions required by you (to
consult on the scope of your request) in the attached notice.

 

The current due date for your FOI request is 13 January 2017. In
accordance with s.24AB(8) of the FOI Act the legislated processing time
for your request is suspended during the consultation period. Please refer
to the attached notice for further details.

 

The FOI Act requires that you respond to this notice before the end of the
consultation period, which is close of business Tuesday 20 December 2016.
You may consult with me by replying to this email: [1][email address]

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(02) 6264 2110 | [2][DIBP request email]

 

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Dear Mr Hirsch,

 

This email refers to your FOI request received on 14 November 2016,
seeking access to:

 

All communication between the Department and the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees regarding the US refugee resettlement deal which
was announced on 13 November 2016.

The purpose of this email is to advise you, as required under s.24AB of
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that I consider a practical
refusal reason exists under s.24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request. I have set out my reasons and the actions required by you (to
consult on the scope of your request) in the attached notice.

 

The current due date for your FOI request is 13 January 2017. In
accordance with s.24AB(8) of the FOI Act the legislated processing time
for your request is suspended during the consultation period. Please refer
to the attached notice for further details.

 

The FOI Act requires that you respond to this notice before the end of the
consultation period, which is close of business Tuesday 20 December 2016.
You may consult with me by replying to this email: [1][email address]

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(02) 6264 2110 | [2][DIBP request email]

 

 

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

Would amending the request to only documents and communications between 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016 sufficiently limit the request? If so, I am happy to revise my request to documents within this date range.

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch,

Thanks for your email. At the moment, the main obstacles in processing your request are not primarily about time frames, but more that the documents requested relate to a project so large that they are held by dozens of different business areas. While I provided you an initial estimate of our holdings in the notice, this was based on preliminary enquiries, and realistically I would expect our actual holdings to be several times larger than this.

When considering these requests, I think it would be worth you considering the sensitivities that would likely be held within the documents, and how much information you would realistically expect to receive. Given that you've requested documents relating to an ongoing arrangement between three Governments, without pre-empting a decision, I would suggest that any documents are likely to be heavily redacted under sections 33 (international relations), 34 (Cabinet), 42 (legal professional privilege), 45 (material obtained in confidence), and likely more.

It's also worth considering that, even if few or no documents are ultimately released, we still need to undertake a significant amount of work to assess the documents to reach that point, and this will be reflected in the consideration of whether your requests are an unreasonable diversion of Departmental resources.

Regards,

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection [DIBP request email]

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Dear Mr Hirsch,

 

Thank you for your FOI request received on 14 November 2016 for:

 

All communication between the Department and the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees regarding the US refugee resettlement deal which
was announced on 13 November 2016.

 

I am writing to you about the s.24AB notice that I sent to you on 6
December 2016. The consultation period under the FOI Act expired at close
of business on 20 December 2016. As you did not respond to me by the end
of the consultation period, your request is deemed to have been withdrawn
by the operation of the FOI Act (s.24AB (6) and (7)). The attached letter
provides more detail.

 

Regards,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
[1][DIBP request email]

 

 

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Our references: FA 16/11/01170; ADF2016/70137

 

Dear Mr Hirsch,

 

Thank you for your FOI request received on 14 November 2016 for:

 

All communication between the Department and United States officials
regarding the US refugee resettlement deal which was announced on 13
November 2016.

 

I am writing to you about the s.24AB notice that I sent to you on 6
December 2016. The consultation period under the FOI Act expired at close
of business on 20 December 2016. As you did not respond to me by the end
of the consultation period, your request is deemed to have been withdrawn
by the operation of the FOI Act (s.24AB (6) and (7)). The attached letter
provides more detail.

 

Regards,

 

Brad Collins
Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
[1][DIBP request email]

 

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