cost-benefit analysis of the authority relocating to Armidale

Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority did not have the information requested.

From: Thomas

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Dear Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I refer to The Guardian article: 'Barnaby Joyce refuses to release cost-benefit analysis of moving agency to his electorate', published 11/09/16, URL: <https://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne...>.

This is a request for the cost-benefit analysis report that investigated the implications of the Authority (APVMA) relocating from Canberra to the suburb of Armidale, NSW.

This request is for the whole document referred to in that article, and/or emails that have have referred to such a report.

If the Authority doesn't have access to the document, please forward my request to the relevant Authority/Department.

I exclude from this request the contact details of all, in addition to the names of any departmental staff below the SES level.

Yours faithfully,
Flynn O'Connell

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Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Flynn

The APVMA formally acknowledges receipt and thanks you for your request for the cost-benefit analysis report of a relocation of the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale, NSW.

We have considered the nature of your request and in our view it should have been directed to another agency. In these circumstances our obligations under the FOI Act require us to assist you direct the request to that agency. Consistent with those obligations, I can confirm that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is the most appropriate agency to handle your request. You can submit your request directly to their FOI team by emailing that team at [email address] or by the other means provided for on the Department's FOI page at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/repo....

For the APVMA's purposes, we ask that you withdraw your request with us by return email so we can formally close the matter.

I look forward to receiving your confirmation of withdrawal as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on the number below.

Kind regards

Paul Grutt
Senior Legal Officer | Legal Program
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
PO Box 6182 Kingston ACT 2604
www.apvma.gov.au | [email address]
P: +61 2 6210 4794 | F: +61 2 6210 4787

This email may contain confidential or legally privileged information. Contents of this email should not be communicated or distributed outside the APVMA without the express written permission of the General Counsel.

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From: Thomas

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Dear Paul,

I hereby withdraw my request for the aforementioned information under the FOI Act.

Thank you for directing me towards the most appropriate department. Apologies for taking up your time.

Yours sincerely,

Flynn

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Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

UNCLASSIFIED

Thanks for your prompt reply Flynn - much appreciated.

It has come to my attention that Right to Know uses a decommissioned email address for the FOI team at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Accordingly, requests submitted through the website are not being received by the department.

Please take note of the current contact details, i.e. found at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/repo... or [email address].

Kind regards

Paul

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Another a request has been sent to the Department referred to above. The request couldn't be sent through the Right to Know website, due to the Department forcing all applications to go through their web portal. The email address posted above was redacted by the Right to Know website.

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