Correspondance and notes relating to decision to not investigate dual citizenship of Tony Abbott

Ben Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Attorney-General's Department

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From: Ben Smith

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

As it is common knowledge that the balance of the public record would lead a reasonable person to deduce that Tony Abbott is a dual British/Australian citizen and it is left to the AGD to investigate illegal registrations for election candidacy in the Federal Parliament, I request any and all documents, diary entries, internal memos, external memos, correspondance and minutes of meetings or any other documents which mention this matter or lead to the AG's decision to not investigate.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Smith

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Dear Ben Smith,

Freedom of Information Request FOI 16/008

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) for access to documents relating to Tony Abbott’s dual citizenship. I
have taken your request to be for:

“any and all documents, diary entries, internal memos, external memos,
correspondence and minutes of meetings or any other documents which
mention or lead to the AG's decision to not investigate this matter –
being Tony Abbott’s dual citizenship, and any illegal registration by him,
for election candidacy in the Federal Parliament”

 

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI 16/008

 

Please find attached a copy of the decision in your FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Siobhan | FOI Case Manager

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel

Australian Government Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National
Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
T: +61 (2) 6141 6666  E: [1][AGD request email]

 

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When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
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