Complaints Made to the NSW Ombudsman Regarding Drug Detection Dogs

Maddison Connaughton made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Ombudsman

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by NSW Ombudsman.

Maddison Connaughton

Dear NSW Ombudsman,

I am writing to request:

– Summary statistics of the number of written complaints concerning the use of drug detection dogs submitted to the NSW Ombudsman between July 2006 and December 2017
– Copies of all written complaints from people who were affected by or concerned about the use of drug detection dogs, which were submitted to the NSW Ombudsman between January 2007 and December 2017.

If required, I am happy for the names of the complainants to be redacted from these documents.

Please consider processing this request under Administrative Access; however, if this isn't possible please consider this a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Yours faithfully,

Maddison Connaughton

NSWOmbo-noreply, NSW Ombudsman


Thank you for your email. It has been forwarded to an appropriate person for action. If your email was a complaint, it will be registered and assessed along with the other complaints that we receive today. Please allow up to 10 business days for us to contact you. If you don't hear from us within this time please call our inquiry line on 9286 1000 or 1800 451 524 (outside the Sydney Metro).

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Jo Flanagan, NSW Ombudsman

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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

The request was refused. The request was invalid. The agency said that the request was refused BECAUSE it was invalid. In fact, the invalidity does not prevent an agency from doing anything lawful and the GIPA Act does not prohibit an agency from giving information to someone who asks for it. Even so, this does not help the applicant who did not get the information she wanted.