This is a request for access to documents held by the ABCC made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
I seek access to correspondence between Mr Nigel Hadgkiss and Mr John Lloyd.
I have sighted nine documents that fall within the scope of my request that should be held by the ABCC unless and ABCC officer has engaged in criminal conduct under s.24 of the Archives Act 1983. The documents the subject of my request can be quickly identified and retrieved by searching the ABCC's email server using relevant search terms.
Noting that the nature of the appointment of both men, their close personal relationship and that both are the subject of allegations and investigations concerning serious misconduct in public office, I consider there to be a wide public interest in the release of the documents the subject of my request.
In processing my request, I remind the decision-maker of his/her legal obligations under the Public Service Act 1999 - in particular, the obligation to behave apolitically, impartially, transparently, with integrity and honesty, and in accordance with the law.
Sent request to Australian Building and Construction Commission again, using a new contact address.
For Official Use Only
Dear Mr Potts
We refer to your email dated 11 October 2017.
We confirm you have made an access request for documents under the Freedom of information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) (FOI Request). We acknowledge receipt of your FOI Request and wish to inform you that, pursuant to section 15(5) of the FOI Act, the relevant period the ABCC has in order to notify you of a decision is 30 days commencing from the date the FOI request was received.
We note that we have received previous FOI requests from you in identical terms dated 14 and 15 September 2017.
On 28 September 2017, we wrote to you acknowledging receipt of your previous FOI requests and sought your consent to treat them as a single request. On 1 October 2017 you advised that you agreed with our proposal.
Given this request is identical to your previous requests, that we are now processing, and to avoid unnecessary duplication, we ask that you agree to withdraw your FOI request dated 11 October 2017.
Please advise if you agree to withdraw.
Australian Building and Construction Commission