Cost of current litigation against the Australian Federal Police

Scott Griffen made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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From: Scott Griffen

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Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide all documents relating to, or associated with, the cost of the ABC's current litigation against the Australian Federal Police, including but not limited to any proposals, approvals, invoices, costings, budget allocation (current and forecast), procurement, expenditure and staff breakdown (in-house and external).

Yours faithfully,

Scott Griffen

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Attachment ABC FOI 201920 018 Acknowledgement.pdf
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Dear Mr Griffen

 

Please find attached correspondence relating to your recent FOI request.

 

Kind regards

Juliana

 

[1]ABC Juliana Walsh
FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor
P +61 2 8333 5304
E [email address]
[2][IMG]
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples as the First Australians and
Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

 

From: Scott Griffen <[FOI #5605 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 29 August 2019 5:57 PM
To: FOI ABC <[ABC request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cost of current litigation
against the Australian Federal Police

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide all documents relating to, or associated with, the cost of
the ABC's current litigation against the Australian Federal Police,
including but not limited to any proposals, approvals, invoices, costings,
budget allocation (current and forecast), procurement, expenditure and
staff breakdown (in-house and external).

Yours faithfully,

Scott Griffen

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From: Jake Barry
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Scott,

 

I am writing to provide an update on your FOI request.

 

We would like to apologise for the delay in processing your matter. We are
currently dealing with an influx of large, complex requests that are
testing our resources and this has unfortunately on occasion caused quite
long delays for our applicants.

 

Our goal has been to ensure all documents relevant to your request are
retrieved, and we have continued to work on your request to this end.

 

The search, which was slightly drawn out, provided us with a number of
documents, some of which are quite large. Some documents also include
information that may fall outside of the scope of your request. As an
example, one document is 100 pages of Cabcharge receipts, some costs of
which were not incurred for the AFP matter.

 

The nature of the documents also requires extensive third-party
consultation with several parties who may be affected by the release of
the documents.

 

Your request appears to focus on a breakdown of the costs and whether they
were internal or external expenses, rather than the specifics of who was
involved in the litigation.

 

One of the documents that we have located is a breakdown of ‘actual’ and
‘expected’ costs for the AFP matter as at the end of the last financial
year. These costs were further broken down into categories (e.g.
barrister/solicitor costs, Cabcharge, travel). If we were able to update
this document to reflect the time period pertinent to your request – i.e
costs up to the date of your request – would you be amenable to us
creating this document and assessing it, solely, for release under the FOI
Act?

 

Please note that this does not guarantee that the document will be
released to you.

 

I would appreciate if you could advise us of how you wish to proceed, and
we’re happy to discuss this further with you if you wish so that we can
have the fullest understanding of the specific documentation you seek.
Please feel free to contact myself or Juliana Walsh, the ABC’s FOI Advisor
([1][email address], (02) 8333 5304) to discuss further.

 

I note that as the ABC has not provided you with a decision within
statutory time limits, you can apply for Information Commissioner review
on the basis of what is called a ‘deemed refusal’. We would continue to
process your request with a view to providing a decision as quickly as
possible, even while you went through that process. Information about IC
review is here:
[2]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...

 

Thank you again for your patience, and again please feel free to contact
me should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Jake

 

[3]ABC Jake Barry
FOI Coordinator
P (02) 8333 5853
E [4][email address]

I am in the office Thursdays and Fridays.
[5][IMG]
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples as the First Australians and
Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

From: Scott Griffen <[FOI #5605 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 29 August 2019 5:57 PM
To: FOI ABC <[ABC request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cost of current litigation
against the Australian Federal Police

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide all documents relating to, or associated with, the cost of
the ABC's current litigation against the Australian Federal Police,
including but not limited to any proposals, approvals, invoices, costings,
budget allocation (current and forecast), procurement, expenditure and
staff breakdown (in-house and external).

Yours faithfully,

Scott Griffen

-------------------------------------------------------------------

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[FOI #5605 email]

Is [ABC request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
requests to Australian Broadcasting Corporation? If so, please contact us
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This request has been made by an individual using Right to Know. This
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From: Jake Barry
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Scott,

 

Just wondering whether you had an opportunity to review the below email –
I would appreciate if you could get back to us with your thoughts.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jake

 

[1]ABC Jake Barry
FOI Coordinator
P (02) 8333 5853
E [2][email address]

I am in the office Thursdays and Fridays.
[3][IMG]
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples as the First Australians and
Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

From: Jake Barry <[email address]>
Sent: Thursday, 6 February 2020 2:38 PM
To: Scott Griffen <[FOI #5605 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Cost of current litigation
against the Australian Federal Police [ABC-Legal.FID60984]

 

Dear Scott,

 

I am writing to provide an update on your FOI request.

 

We would like to apologise for the delay in processing your matter. We are
currently dealing with an influx of large, complex requests that are
testing our resources and this has unfortunately on occasion caused quite
long delays for our applicants.

 

Our goal has been to ensure all documents relevant to your request are
retrieved, and we have continued to work on your request to this end.

 

The search, which was slightly drawn out, provided us with a number of
documents, some of which are quite large. Some documents also include
information that may fall outside of the scope of your request. As an
example, one document is 100 pages of Cabcharge receipts, some costs of
which were not incurred for the AFP matter.

 

The nature of the documents also requires extensive third-party
consultation with several parties who may be affected by the release of
the documents.

 

Your request appears to focus on a breakdown of the costs and whether they
were internal or external expenses, rather than the specifics of who was
involved in the litigation.

 

One of the documents that we have located is a breakdown of ‘actual’ and
‘expected’ costs for the AFP matter as at the end of the last financial
year. These costs were further broken down into categories (e.g.
barrister/solicitor costs, Cabcharge, travel). If we were able to update
this document to reflect the time period pertinent to your request – i.e
costs up to the date of your request – would you be amenable to us
creating this document and assessing it, solely, for release under the FOI
Act?

 

Please note that this does not guarantee that the document will be
released to you.

 

I would appreciate if you could advise us of how you wish to proceed, and
we’re happy to discuss this further with you if you wish so that we can
have the fullest understanding of the specific documentation you seek.
Please feel free to contact myself or Juliana Walsh, the ABC’s FOI Advisor
([4][email address], (02) 8333 5304) to discuss further.

 

I note that as the ABC has not provided you with a decision within
statutory time limits, you can apply for Information Commissioner review
on the basis of what is called a ‘deemed refusal’. We would continue to
process your request with a view to providing a decision as quickly as
possible, even while you went through that process. Information about IC
review is here:
[5]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...

 

Thank you again for your patience, and again please feel free to contact
me should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Jake

 

[6]ABC Jake Barry
FOI Coordinator
P (02) 8333 5853
E [7][email address]

 

I am in the office Thursdays and Fridays.
[8][IMG]
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples as the First Australians and
Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

From: Scott Griffen <[FOI #5605 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 29 August 2019 5:57 PM
To: FOI ABC <[ABC request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cost of current litigation
against the Australian Federal Police

 

Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide all documents relating to, or associated with, the cost of
the ABC's current litigation against the Australian Federal Police,
including but not limited to any proposals, approvals, invoices, costings,
budget allocation (current and forecast), procurement, expenditure and
staff breakdown (in-house and external).

Yours faithfully,

Scott Griffen

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[FOI #5605 email]

Is [ABC request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
requests to Australian Broadcasting Corporation? If so, please contact us
using this form:
[9]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/change_re...

This request has been made by an individual using Right to Know. This
message and any reply that you make will be published on the internet.
More information on how Right to Know works can be found at:
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If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web
manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Attachment ABC FOI 201920 018 Decision 1616301 1.PDF.pdf
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Attachment ABC FOI 201920 018 Documents redacted reduced size 1615277 1.PDF.pdf
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Dear Mr Griffen

 

Please find attached the ABC’s decision in relation to your FOI request,
along with documents that have been released to you on this occasion.

 

The pdf with the documents has been reduced in size so that it can be sent
by email, resulting in slight degradation of the quality of the text –
please let me know if this is causes significant issues in viewing the
documents and I will arrange to send a link to a full resolution version.

 

Our sincere apologies for the delay in our provision of this response.

 

Kind regards

Juliana

 

[1]ABC Juliana Walsh

FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor

ABC Legal
P: +61 2 8333 5304

 

 
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the
First Australians
and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and
work.

 

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