Docs relating to National Cabinet meeting on 29/5/2020 and rules applying to Cabinet

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Please provide a copy of the documents released under FOI as reflected in the following Disclosure Log entries :

(1) FOI/2020/164 05/09/2021 All meeting notes/minutes taken from the meeting of the National Cabinet on 29 May 2020. Released in Full
If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email foi

(2) FOI/2020/165 05/09/2021 1. Any documents that provide the formal notification to the Governor-General that the National Cabinet was/was being formed in March 2020. 2. The documents that outline/describe the rules that the National Cabinet is bound by. To clarify further, the documents might include rules or guidance on the following issues:
a. How decisions of the National Cabinet are arrived at (e.g. majority, consensus etc)
b. Whether any jurisdiction has a right of veto over decisions of the National Cabinet.
c. Whether decisions of the National Cabinet are binding on the Commonwealth and the States/Territories.
d. Whether the National Cabinet operates within the conventions, policies and guidance set out in the Cabinet Handbook.
e. Whether Premiers and Chief Ministers are bound by conventions of Cabinet solidarity and confidentiality.
f. Who is to serve as the Secretary of the National Cabinet and how the National Cabinet's decisions are recorded and disseminated.
g. What Federal, State and Territory officials are permitted to listen to and participate in National Cabinet discussions.
h. Whether Cabinet note-takers take note of National Cabinet deliberations.
i. Whether deliberations of the National Cabinet (including via teleconference and videoconference) are recorded and/or transcribed, and if not, what measures are in place to ensure that National Cabinet discussions are not recorded and/or transcribed. Released in part . If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email foi

Yours faithfully,


FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear JS,


Please see attached the documents you have requested from the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s FOI Disclosure Log.


Kind regards


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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear FOI,

Dear Advisor

Thank you for providing the documents

Yours sincerely,