Communications with Qantas about December international travel plan

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, I request any and all communication between Qantas, the department, and/or the relevant minister about the airline's plan to restart international travel in December as outlined to the ASX on August 26.

Sincerely,
Lucas Baird

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Dear Mr Baird,

We acknowledge receipt of your FOI request (as below), submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the department).

To support the department in processing your request, can you please clarify:
- the relevant timeframe for which searches should be undertaken
- who you intend to refer to the as 'relevant minister'

We would be grateful if you could respond by 6 September 2021 where possible.

Kind regards,

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Dear FOI Team,

For timeframe – can we set that to fom June 1 to September 1.

And, in terms of the relevant ministers, I was referring to the minister for Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne.

Sincerely,

Lucas Baird

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

FOI Reference: LEX4321

Dear Mr Baird

Thank you for your emails dated 1 and 2 September 2021 seeking access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

 

“any and all communication between Qantas, the department, and/or the
relevant minister (Minister for Trade and Tourism Dan Tehan or Minister
for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne) about the airline's plan to restart
international travel in December as outlined to the ASX on August 26.

The timeframe is from June 1 to September 1.”

 

 

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Dear FOI Team,

Thanks all --- I agree to the 30 day extension

Sincerely,
Lucas Baird