Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Could you please provide the latest document which details the expenditure incurred by the department for computers and communication equipment destroyed upon return to Australia after travel to an untrusted country. Including the costs of destruction.
Our Ref: 1611-F1577
Dear Mr Flynn
Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request
Thank you for your below email in which you seek access under the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 to:
the latest document which details the expenditure incurred by the
department for computers and communication equipment destroyed upon return
to Australia after travel to an untrusted country. Including the costs of
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