Documents before 8 June 2015 relating to paying people smugglers

Michael Cordover made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

Department of Home Affairs did not have the information requested.

From: Michael Cordover

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

Please provide me with all documents produced or received by the Department between 1 April 2015 and 8 June 2015, excluding any enquiries from journalists after 2 June 2015, relating to the payment of people smugglers in order to "turn the boats around."

Yours faithfully,

Michael Cordover

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Our references: FA 15/06/01125; ADF2015/26252

 

Dear Mr Cordover

 

Please find attached the acknowledgement of receipt for your recent FOI
Request. 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Helpdesk

Freedom of Information Section

Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio

E: [1][DIBP request email]

 

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Dear Mr Cordover

 

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act)

I refer to your email dated 15 June 2015 in which you have sought access
to documents held by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(DIBP) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

You have requested access to:

all documents produced or received by the Department between 1 April 2015
and 8 June 2015, excluding any enquiries from journalists after 2 June
2015, relating to the payment of people smugglers in order to "turn the
boats around”.

The subject matter of the documents requested by you is more closely
connected with the functions of the Australian Customs and Border
Protection Service (ACBPS) than the functions of the DIBP.  As such, your
request was transferred to ACBPS on 16 June 2015 under section 16 of the
FOI Act. 

Your application was received on 15 June 2015, and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request will commence from that date. 

I hope to be able to advise you of our decision on your request in the
near future. 

Where documents are released to you in response to your request, the
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service may be required to
publish these documents on its website within 10 working days in
accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act.  Publication will not be
required where the documents contain personal or business affairs
information.

Should you have any queries regarding the progress of your request, please
contact me on (02) 6275 5621.

 

 

With kind regards
FOI Coordinator

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
P| 02 6275 5621
E| [1][email address]

 

 

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Our references: FA 15/06/01125; ADF2015/26252

 

Dear Mr Cordover

 

Transfer of request under section 16 of the FOI Act

 

I refer to your request received 15 June 2015 in which you sought access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) to documents
relating to:

 

Please provide me with all documents produced or received by the
Department between 1 April 2015 and 8 June 2015, excluding any enquiries
from journalists after 2 June 2015, relating to the payment of people
smugglers in order to "turn the boats around."

The documents relevant to your request are held by; and are more closely
connected to the functions of the Australian Customs and Border Protection
Service (ACBPS).

ACBPS has accepted the transfer of your request under section 16 of the
FOI Act so they can make a decision on your request for access to their
documents.  

ACBPS will be writing to you directly concerning your request. If you want
to make any enquiries relating to your request, please contact:
[email address]

 

Your sincerely

 

Janelle Raineri

FOI Contact Officer I FOI Helpdesk

Freedom of Information Section

Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio

T: 02 6264 1580 

E:  [DIBP request email]

 

Please note I am out of the office from 2:30 PM

 

 

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Our references: FA 15/07/00377 ; 2015/021463

 

Dear Mr Cordover

 

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act on 15 June 2015.

 

As of 1 July 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
consolidated with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the
Department).

 

The current due date for your request is Wednesday 15 July 2015.  Due to
the number of requests currently being processed by our office, we will
not be able to finalise your request by the original due date. 

 

The Department seeks your agreement (under s.15AA of the FOI Act) to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days.  This
would extend the due date for your request to Friday 14 August 2015.

 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, Friday 10 July
2015.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

FOI Helpdesk | FOI Section

Access to Information | Information Management Task Force

Corporate Group

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [1][email address]

 

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From: Michael Cordover

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Dear FOI Helpdesk,

Re: FA 15/07/00377 ; 2015/021463

I refer to your email of 7 July 2015 seeking an extension of time to deal with this request.

I do not consent to the requested extension of time by 30 days. I would however be happy to consent to an extension of time to 31 July 2015.

Please let me know if this is sufficient or if there is any particular reason a further extension of time is warranted.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Cordover

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Our references: FA 15/07/00377; 2015/021463

 

Dear Mr Cordover

 

Thank you for your email dated 7 July 2015, agreeing to extend the
timeframe for the processing of your request by 16 days. 

 

The due date of your request is now Friday 31 July 2015. 

 

We will continue to process your request and keep you informed of its
progress.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Helpdesk | FOI Section

Access to Information | Information Management Task Force

Corporate Group

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [1][email address]

 

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confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information.
 

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by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. 
DIBP respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.
 

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Good afternoon Mr Cordover

 

Request for access to documents – Freedom of Information Act 1982

 

Please find attached a Notice of Decision in relation to your request
dated 15 June 2015 for your information.

 

The documents referred to in this decision are also attached for your
reference.

 

With kind regards
FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section
Access to Information Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
E| [DIBP request email]

 

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From: Michael Cordover

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Dear FOI,

I note that the scope of my request was limited to documents produced or received by the Department between 1 April 2015 and 8 June 2015 and excluding any enquiries from journalists after 2 June 2015. The documents which have been released are both from outside this period (namely from 11 and 14 June 2015).

Can you confirm there are no documents from within the listed dates?

Many thanks,

Michael Cordover

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Good morning Mr Cordover

Thank you for your email of 31 July 2015 below.

Whilst the dates of the documents released to you fell outside the dates specified by you in the scope of your request, the decision maker considered these documents to be relevant to your request, given the subject matter and proximity to the dates specified. The decision maker decided to release these documents to you in accordance with the decision issued on 31 July 2015. There were no other documents relevant to the subject matter of your request in the possession of the then Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.

With kind regards
FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section
Access to Information Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
E| [DIBP request email]

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