Complaints, actions and publication regarding S191.1.b of Electoral Act

Peter Lawler made this Right to Information request to Tasmanian Electoral Commission

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From: Peter Lawler

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Dear Tasmanian Electoral Commission,
Would you please provide me with a summary list of complaints received regarding S191.1.b of The Act (Campaign Material To Be Authorised), since 19 February 2010 (Writs issued for 2010 election).

I also request a list of summary actions taken, if any, relating to the above requests made.

Finally, I would appreciate a list of publications produced by The Comission, whether on its own website or in paper handout form, relating to this specific section of The Act.

If you find that this request is too broad, I would appreciate some indication as to why so that I may narrow my request.

I request this information as a matter of public interest, and as such further request that any applicable fees for this RTI request be waived.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Lawler

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From: Policy
Tasmanian Electoral Commission

To: Mr Peter Lawler

This office has received your email of 25 April 2018.

Please note that the email does not constitute a formal Right to Information (RTI) request under the Right to Information Act 2009.
Section 13 of the Act provides that an application must contain the minimum information as prescribed in the regulations (being the Right to Information Regulations 2010).
Accordingly, the email is not covered by the provisions of that Act.

The email constitutes a general request for information. This office can voluntarily answer this request.

As you acknowledge in your email, the request is quite broad. The information can be collated, and with the resources available in this small office the request may take up to 6 weeks to complete.

If you are content for this office to proceed to answer your queries in this manner, please advise by email. Once your confirmation is received, staff resources can be allocated to this matter.

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From: Peter Lawler

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To whom it may concern,
Thank you for your reply.

I've only recently learned the requirements under the act are substantially different to Federal and other jurisdictions in Australia. I apologise that my request didn't meet the requirements. I shall endeavour to do better in the future.

I do note that you are prepared to proceed, and the time delay will not worry me in the least. I think that we can both appreciate that this information will be useful for public discourse in relation to matters regarding any potential modifications to The Act which Parliament may wish to introduce. As such, I repeat I am more than happy for you to proceed with the request at the pace indicated and thank you for your consideration.

Regards,

Peter Lawler.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Lawler

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From: Policy
Tasmanian Electoral Commission


Attachment 1.RTI Request.pdf
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Attachment 2.List of Publications.pdf
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Dear Mr Lawler,

Please find attached the requested summary and the list of publications in regard to section 191(1)(b) of the Electoral Act 2004.

Kind regards,

Policy Team
Tasmanian Electoral Commission
Ph (03) 6208 8708

On 17/5/18, 7:06 am, "Peter Lawler" <[FOI #4534 email]> wrote:

To whom it may concern,
Thank you for your reply.

I've only recently learned the requirements under the act are substantially different to Federal and other jurisdictions in Australia. I apologise that my request didn't meet the requirements. I shall endeavour to do better in the future.

I do note that you are prepared to proceed, and the time delay will not worry me in the least. I think that we can both appreciate that this information will be useful for public discourse in relation to matters regarding any potential modifications to The Act which Parliament may wish to introduce. As such, I repeat I am more than happy for you to proceed with the request at the pace indicated and thank you for your consideration.

Regards,

Peter Lawler.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Lawler

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