In 2005, the Israeli government attempted to appoint an Arie Scher, who had previously needed to leave his post in Brazil in a hurry, to the post of Israeli Consul in Canberra.
I am seeking all DFAT internal documents and communications from between January 2004 and December 2007 related to Scher. Typically, the man's name is transliterated to our language as 'Arie Scher' or 'Aryeh Scher'.
FOI Request: LEX5728
Dear Ali Anwar
Thank you for your email of 12 June 2022 seeking access to documents under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982. This email sets out some information
about how your request will be processed by the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade.
Scope of request:
You have sought access to:
“In 2005, the Israeli government attempted to appoint an Arie Scher, who
had previously needed to leave his post in Brazil in a hurry, to the post
of Israeli Consul in Canberra.
I am seeking all DFAT internal documents and communications from between
January 2004 and December 2007 related to Scher. Typically, the man's name
is transliterated to our language as 'Arie Scher' or 'Aryeh Scher'.”
If it emerges that the scope of your request is unclear or is too large
for processing, the department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
Timeframe for receiving our decision:
We received your request on 12 June 2022, and the 30-day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. The
period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances.
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requests. If applicable, we will advise you of any relevant charges when
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DFAT FOI Team
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