Correspondence Related to “The Juice Media”

Ben Fairless made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The request was partially successful.

From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Yesterday, the creators of “The Juice Media” posted part of what they claim is a letter from DP&C.

The quote they provided that they say is from DP&C says:

"It has been brought to our attention that The Juice Media has used an Australian Government logo, and a symbol similar to the logo on the website www.thejuicemedia.com. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has received complaints from members of the public raising concerns that the content on this website may be mistaken for Australian Government material ... It would be appreciated if you would ensure that The Juice Media productions do not use the Australian Government logo to avoid The Juice Media productions being mistaken for Australian Government material"

Can you please supply:
- A copy of any correspondence, file notes, or other documents which detail communication between “The Juice Media” and DP&C
- All internal documents or correspondence in relation to “The Juice Media”.
- A copy of any complaint that was made directly or referred to DP&C in relation to items produce by “The Juice Media”

I’m happy to exclude the personal contact details of members of the public, excluding public servants or ministers. I exclude only mobile numbers of public servants.

Please treat this request informally or under “Administrative Access” if possible. If it’s not possible, please consider this as a formal Freedom of Information Request.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Fairless

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FOI/2017/148

 

Dear Mr Fairless

 

Thank you for your email dated 9 September 2017, received by the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which
you made a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (the FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

Yesterday, the creators of “The Juice Media” posted part of what they
claim is a letter from DP&C.

 

The quote they provided that they say is from DP&C says:

 

"It has been brought to our attention that The Juice Media has used an
Australian Government logo, and a symbol similar to the logo on the
website [1]www.thejuicemedia.com. The Department of the Prime Minister and
Cabinet has received complaints from members of the public raising
concerns that the content on this website may be mistaken for Australian
Government material ... It would be appreciated if you would ensure that
The Juice Media productions do not use the Australian Government logo to
avoid The Juice Media productions being mistaken for Australian Government
material"

 

Can you please supply:

- A copy of any correspondence, file notes, or other documents which
detail communication between “The Juice Media” and DP&C

- All internal documents or correspondence in relation to “The Juice
Media”.

- A copy of any complaint that was made directly or referred to DP&C in
relation to items produce by “The Juice Media”

 

I’m happy to exclude the personal contact details of members of the
public, excluding public servants or ministers. I exclude only mobile
numbers of public servants.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 9 September 2017 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
You should therefore expect a decision from us by 9 October 2017. The
period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will advise
you if there is any extension of time.

 

Charges

 

Agencies may decide that an applicant is liable to pay a charge in respect
of a request for access to documents. If the Department decides that you
are liable to pay a charge, we will send you a preliminary assessment of
the charge as soon as possible.

 

Publication of documents

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[2]http://www.dpmc.gov.au/pmc/accountabilit...,
subject to certain exceptions. If you think you might wish to raise any
objections to the publication of any of the information which may be
released to you please contact us by email at [3][DPMC request email].  If you
do wish to object to the publication of information, you would need to
provide supporting reasons.

 

Exclusion of officers’ names and contact details

 

For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

·         any person’s signature;

·         the names and contact details of Australian Public Service
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);

·         the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers;

·         the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level
below Chief of Staff.

 

The names and other details of SES officers will not be withheld unless
there is some reason for that information to be exempt from release. If
you require signatures, the names and contact details of non-SES officers
or Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff, or the mobile or
direct numbers of SES officers please let us know at [4][DPMC request email]
within 5 days so the decision-maker may consider your request. Otherwise
we will take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the
scope of your request (that is, the information will be treated as
irrelevant and redacted from any documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information.  Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at
[5]http://www.oaic.gov.au/foi-portal/about_....

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review Section | Honours and Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. 02 6271 5849

e. [6][DPMC request email]

[7]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear FOI,

I would like the names of public servants or ministerial staff who are fulfilling their official duties. I’m happy to exclude contact details and signatures from my request.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Good afternoon Mr Fairless,

I am writing in regards to your FOI request regarding The Juice Media.

The current due date for you to receive a decision is 9 October 2017. 

The line area processing your request has advised that they have conducted
extensive searches for documents matching the scope of your request and
that these have taken longer than anticipated. Given this, we would
appreciate more time to assess the documents and make a decision.

Accordingly, I am seeking your consent to a 30 day extension of time to
the processing period, in accordance with section 15AA of the FOI Act. I
will endeavour to notify you of the decision prior to this extended date
but would appreciate more time to finalise the Department’s decision.
Should you agree, the new due date for a decision would be 8 November
2017. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review Section | Honours and Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. 02 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email]

[2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear FOI,

Is it possible to agree to a 15 day Extension? If you need more time you can come back and ask me.

How many documents are there? Can I help by reducing the scope?

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Yes a 15 day extension would be excellent if that is not too much trouble. That would make the due date 24 October 2017.

Thank you for your consideration,

Melanie

 

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Melanie,

Thanks, I’m looking forward to the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Hi Ben,

 

I am writing in regards to your FOI request for documents regarding The
Juice Media.

 

We have finalised our searches for documents  using the search phrase
“Juice Media” and we have retrieved approximately 450 documents.

 

Of these, about 400 appear to be media clippings. Such clippings are
circulated around the department daily so that all staff have an awareness
of what is in current media stories. This includes articles or stories
published by The Juice Media.

 

Given this, would you be willing to narrow the scope of your request to
documents regarding The Juice Media, specifically related to the use of
the Australian Government logo?

 

Your advice is appreciated,

 

 

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5160

e. [1][email address] | [2][DPMC request email] |

[3]www.dpmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

I work Monday - Thursday

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Melanie,

Thanks for the heads up - I didn’t realise that my request included media clippings!!

I’m happy to exclude media clippings from my request, and duplicates of documents if that helps.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Thanks Ben, much appreciated.

Can I just confirm that you are okay for me to proceed with the following scope for your request:

"Documents regarding The Juice Media, specifically related to the use of the Australian Government logo"

Thanks in advance,

Melanie

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser
Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet p. +61 2 6271 5160 e. [email address] | [DPMC request email] | www.dpmc.gov.au One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600 I work Monday - Thursday
 

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Melanie,

Are there any documents that aren’t media releases and aren’t specifically related to the use of the logo?

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Hi Ben,

I'm not sure. At this stage I'm just trying to lock down a scope for your request so I make sure the right documents have been collected.

Can you please advise if you agree to the scope I proposed in my last email?

"Documents regarding The Juice Media, specifically related to the use of the Australian Government logo"

Thanks in advance,

Melanie

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser
Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet p. +61 2 6271 5160 e. [email address] | [DPMC request email] | www.dpmc.gov.au One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600 I work Monday - Thursday
 

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Hi Ben,

 

Thanks for your assistance in refining the scope of your request.

 

Can you please confirm that the following captures the documents you are
seeking?

 

- A copy of any correspondence, file notes, or other documents which
detail communication between “The Juice Media” and DP&C

- All internal documents or correspondence in relation to “The Juice
Media”.

- A copy of any complaint that was made directly or referred to DP&C in
relation to items produce by “The Juice Media”

 

Excluding email subscriptions from The Mandarin, Isentia, or email
subscription service from a web-based source, but including any
on-forwarding that has any commentary on these emails. Including Google
Alerts.

 

I would like the names of public servants or ministerial staff who are
fulfilling their official duties. I’m happy to exclude the personal
contact details of members of the public, excluding public servants or
ministers. I exclude only mobile numbers of public servants.

 

Thanks again,

 

Mel

 

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5160

e. [1][email address] | [2][DPMC request email] |

[3]www.dpmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

I work Monday - Thursday

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From: Ben Fairless

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Dear Mel,

Sounds good. Please proceed.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Fairless

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Thank you

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser
Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet p. +61 2 6271 5160 e. [email address] | [DPMC request email] | www.dpmc.gov.au One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600 I work Monday - Thursday
 

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Good morning Ben,

 

I refer to your FOI request related to The Juice Media.

 

The statutory deadline for you to receive a response is 24 October 2017.

 

The Decision Maker has advised that your request covers documents which
contain information of a personal nature of a number of third parties. As
such, the Decision Maker has determined that there is a requirement to
consult the third parties under section 27A of the FOI Act before making a
decision on the release of the documents.

 

Subsection 15(6) of the FOI Act provides for an extension of 30 days to
the statutory time limit for processing requests. Therefore the deadline
for providing you with a decision on your request is now 23 November 2017.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mel

 

 

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5160

e. [1][email address] | [2][DPMC request email] |

[3]www.dpmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

I work Monday - Thursday

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Hi Ben,

 

Please find attached your decision pack for FOI/2017/148 relating to The
Juice Media.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Dr Melanie Beacroft | FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. +61 2 6271 5160

e. [1][email address] | [2][DPMC request email] |

[3]www.dpmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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