Correspondence from Senate President

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Jeremy Cooper-Stout

Dear Prime Minister,

I write to request under the freedom of information act any correspondence received by the Prime Minister from the President of the Senate regarding the President of the Senate's office staffing levels since 2 July 2016.

I also request any correspondence sent in reply.

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Cooper-Stout

FOI, Prime Minister




Dear Mr Cooper-Stout


Thank you for your email dated 17 October 2016, in which you made a
request to the Prime Minister under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act) in the following terms:


‘any correspondence received by the Prime Minister from the President of
the Senate regarding the President of the Senate's office staffing levels
since 2 July 2016’.


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Yours sincerely



FOI Administration Officer/Adviser

Access and Administrative Review | Honours, Symbols and Legal Policy

Government Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5849

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Jeremy Cooper-Stout

Dear FOI,

I note that the statutory processing time for this request has now expired.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Cooper-Stout

Jeremy Cooper-Stout

Dear Prime Minister,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Prime Minister's handling of my FOI request 'Correspondence from Senate President'.

The statutory processing time is now well expired.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Cooper-Stout