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Correspondence relating to an article in The Australian about an investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman into a PID investigation conducted by Kate McMullan

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

This is a request for documents under the FOI Act.

The relevant search period is from 29 March 2022 to the date this request is received by the AGD.

Please provide access to any documents setting out correspondence sent or received by each of the following people:

a) the Attorney-General, Senator Cash,
b) the Minister assisting, Senator Stoker,
c) Katherine Jones PSM,
d) Iain Anderson,
e) Sarah Chidgey,
f) Martin Hehir,
g) Cameron Gifford,
h) Tamsyn Harvey
i) Dr Albin Smrdel PSM,
j) each member of the "Legal System" team in the "Families and Legal System" division of the AGD,

in relation (even if that relationship is tangential) to the following article published in The Australian on 29 March 2022:

"Spotlight shines back on watchdog".

Documents may be provided in digital format by return email.

Yours faithfully,

Alex

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

Freedom of Information Request FOI22/088

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the
department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access
to documents.

I have understood your request to be for:

any document setting out correspondence sent or received, from 29 March
2022 to 22 April 2022, by each of the following people:

a) the Attorney-General, Senator Cash,

b) the Minister assisting, Senator Stoker,

c) Katherine Jones PSM,

d) Iain Anderson,

e) Sarah Chidgey,

f) Martin Hehir,

g) Cameron Gifford,

h) Tamsyn Harvey

i) Dr Albin Smrdel PSM,

j) each member of the "Legal System" team in the "Families and Legal
System" division of the AGD,

in relation to the article "Spotlight shines back on watchdog" published
in The Australian on 29 March 2022.

 

The department understands your request to be for documents which refer to
the specified article by title and documents which refer to the subject
matter discussed within the article: the Commonwealth Ombudsman
investigation into a review by the Australian Public Service of a Federal
Court recruitment process.

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible.

The department received your request on 22 April 2022 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 23 May 2022.
However, the period of 30 days may be extended if the department needs to
consult third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if this
happens.

The department's practice is to not disclose personal information of staff
of the department and other government authorities, where that information
is not publicly known or routinely disclosed (e.g. names of junior
officers and contact information). The names of senior officers will
generally be disclosed. In addition, duplicates and incomplete email
chains within the scope of the FOI request will be excluded.

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published online on the
department's disclosure log
[1]http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection....

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [2][AGD request email].

Kind regards

Joanna

 

Joanna Baker

Assistant Director

Freedom of Information and Privacy | Strategy and Governance Branch

Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [3][AGD request email]

OFFICIAL

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-Generals 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
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].
If you have received this transmission in error please notify us
immediately by return e-mail and delete all copies. If this e-mail or any
attachments have been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute
waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of
information in the e-mail or attachments.

References

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1. http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection...
2. mailto:[AGD request email]
3. mailto:[AGD request email]

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

My apologies for a typographical error in the below regarding the review
by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). The paragraph should
read as follows.

 

The department understands your request to be for documents which refer to
the specified article by title and documents which refer to the subject
matter discussed within the article: the Commonwealth Ombudsman
investigation into a review by the Australian Public Service Commission
(APSC) of a Federal Court recruitment process.

 

Kind regards

Joanna

OFFICIAL

From: FOI Requests <[AGD request email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2022 7:06 PM
To: Alex <[FOI #8785 email]>
Cc: FOI Requests <[AGD request email]>
Subject: Acknowledgement of receipt of FOI Request: FOI22/088 -
Attorney-General's Department [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

Freedom of Information Request FOI22/088

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the
department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access
to documents.

I have understood your request to be for:

any document setting out correspondence sent or received, from 29 March
2022 to 22 April 2022, by each of the following people:

a) the Attorney-General, Senator Cash,

b) the Minister assisting, Senator Stoker,

c) Katherine Jones PSM,

d) Iain Anderson,

e) Sarah Chidgey,

f) Martin Hehir,

g) Cameron Gifford,

h) Tamsyn Harvey

i) Dr Albin Smrdel PSM,

j) each member of the "Legal System" team in the "Families and Legal
System" division of the AGD,

in relation to the article "Spotlight shines back on watchdog" published
in The Australian on 29 March 2022.

 

The department understands your request to be for documents which refer to
the specified article by title and documents which refer to the subject
matter discussed within the article: the Commonwealth Ombudsman
investigation into a review by the Australian Public Service of a Federal
Court recruitment process.

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible.

The department received your request on 22 April 2022 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 23 May 2022.
However, the period of 30 days may be extended if the department needs to
consult third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if this
happens.

The department's practice is to not disclose personal information of staff
of the department and other government authorities, where that information
is not publicly known or routinely disclosed (e.g. names of junior
officers and contact information). The names of senior officers will
generally be disclosed. In addition, duplicates and incomplete email
chains within the scope of the FOI request will be excluded.

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published online on the
department's disclosure log
[1]http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection....

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [2][AGD request email].

Kind regards

Joanna

 

Joanna Baker

Assistant Director

Freedom of Information and Privacy | Strategy and Governance Branch

Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [3][AGD request email]

OFFICIAL

References

Visible links
1. http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtection...
2. mailto:[AGD request email]
3. mailto:[AGD request email]

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL
Dear Alex
Freedom of Information Request FOI22/088

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access to documents.

The purpose of this email is to advise you that the period for processing your request has been extended by 30 days to allow the department to undertake consultation with a third party.

The new date for the completion of your FOI request is 21 June 2022.

The FOI Act requires the department to consult with third parties before making a decision about the release of documents containing their information.

More information is available on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's Website. Information about extensions of time can be accessed from: https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141 6666 or by email to mailto:[AGD request email].

Sincerely Joanna

Joanna Baker
Assistant Director
Freedom of Information and Privacy | Strategy and Governance Branch
Attorney-General's Department
T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [AGD request email]

OFFICIAL

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters, the Attorney-Generals 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 policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem.... If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address]. If you have received this transmission in error please notify us immediately by return e-mail and delete all copies. If this e-mail or any attachments have been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the e-mail or attachments.

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alex

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI22/088

 

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General's Department (the
department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access
to documents. 

 

The purpose of this email is to provide you with a decision in response to
that request. 

 

Please find attached your:

·         decision letter, including:

o review rights,
o schedule of documents,
o statement of reasons, and

·         documents.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [1][AGD request email].

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joanna

 

Joanna Baker

Assistant Director

Freedom of Information and Privacy | Strategy and Governance Branch

Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [2][AGD request email]OFFICIAL

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-Generals 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
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].
If you have received this transmission in error please notify us
immediately by return e-mail and delete all copies. If this e-mail or any
attachments have been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute
waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of
information in the e-mail or attachments.

References

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2. mailto:[AGD request email]

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