Correspondence between the Department and Right to Know - Take 2

Currently waiting for a response from Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Harry Witherspoon

Dear Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources,

I would like to see ALL documents that CONTAIN correspondence between the Department and Right to Know in relation to censorship of officer details in FOI requests.

I note that take-down requests were made in relation to officers on multiple occasions, for example (and not limited to):

Please also include any subsequent correspondence pertaining to the email thread released here:

For sake of search and retrieval, many of these requests were made by Erin Higuchi.

Finally, the entirety of the content in all correspondence is relevant to the request as I requested documents that contain a particular subject matter (rather than the subject matter itself) - "correspondence between the Department and Right to Know in relation to censorship of officer details in FOI requests" is only specified as a means to locate the documents requested.

Yours faithfully,

Harry Witherspoon

Christina Graves,

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Dear Mr Witherspoon


The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department)
has received your Freedom of Information request of 8 February 2021


I am writing on behalf of the department to acknowledge receipt of your


Currently, a decision is due to you by 11 March 2021. However, this
timeline may be affected by the requirement to undertake consultation with
affected third parties, or if the department determines you are liable to
pay a charge in relation to your request. You will be notified by the
department if charges are liable or if a third party consultation is


Confirmation of Scope - personal information


For documents that fall within the scope of the request, it is the
practice of the department to withhold:

o the names, signatures and contact details of junior staff; that is:

o Commonwealth staff who are not in the Senior Executive Service
(SES); and
o Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff; and

o the mobile phone numbers of SES officers.


The names and other details of SES officers will be released unless the
information is exempt from disclosure.


Confirmation from you that you are not seeking 'personal information'
(i.e. the names and contact details of any individuals, or any information
that could reasonably identify an individual) may enable a more timely and
cost effective processing of your request.


Therefore, could you please confirm if you are happy to exclude personal
information in the documents relating to:


o Commonwealth staff; and
o other third party individuals.


If you are seeking access to specific types of personal information, could
you please specify. If you are not seeking access to any personal
information, you can simply reply to this email with 'no personal
information requested'.


Responding to this email


Could you please provide the above clarification at your earliest
convenience, but by no later than 17 February 2021.


If you have any questions, please contact the department’s FOI Team by
email at [1][email address].



Yours sincerely,



Christina Graves
Special Counsel
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