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From: Posty

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Dear FOI Department,

It has been noticed there are documents on your Freedom Of Information Disclosure Log where you have put the most redundant text next to FOI disclosures—the equivalent of “if you would like access to these documents, please email/contact us for access”.

Any person reviewing the information on that site would of course be after the documents. This lack of access displays complete disregard of the spirit of the FOI act section 11C and thus I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the following documents:

All documents as is (that is, redacted or unredacted) from all previously made decisions on your department's FOI log that are currently not available for download direct from the website.

My preferred method of delivery for this information is for it to be placed on your department's Freedom of Information disclosure log web page as per part A) of 11C of the FOI Act. Should this request be successful you can put a simple list of the documents that were made available from the request, or whatever is most expedient, on the log.

I apologise for my pessimism, but past FOI experiences have led me to believe this request may elicit a response similar to “this request would divert too many resources of your department to complete”. Should you be thinking this, you have nobody to blame but yourselves—your department made this metaphorical bed.

Should you be seriously considering a practical refusal, my alternative request is for any documents that your department holds relating to the decision to include text on your freedom of information disclosure log similar to "contact us for access to this document".

In addition I request the total of the number of times any member of the public has asked for access to each non-website published successful documents on the FOI disclosure log other than the original successful applicant.

I do accept there is a very remote possibility there is a “Good Reason” for these not being available, and I hope these are contained within the documents provided as I cannot foresee any.

In the interests of expediency, I am willing to consider Administrative Access to said documents, should the document be provided within 30 days ( plus any public holidays in-between) of the sending of this email. After this time - the FOI Act applies as normal in all instances and any requests for extension will be denied without a supplied very good reason.

Regards,

Posty

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Thank you for your email to the Attorney-General’s Department’s Freedom of
Information Unit.

 

Please note that this office is closed from the afternoon of Monday 24
December 2018 and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019. We will
respond to your email in the new year.

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When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
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or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
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From: FOI Requests
Attorney-General's Department

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Dear Posty

               

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) for access to:

 

All documents as is (that is, redacted or unredacted) from all previously
made decisions on your department's FOI log that are currently not
available for download direct from the website.

 

The total of the number of times any member of the public has asked for
access to each non-website published successful documents on the FOI
disclosure log other than the original successful applicant.

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible.

 

The department received your request on 1 January 2019 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after
that date.  You should therefore expect a decision from us by insert 31
January 2019.  However, the period of 30 days may be extended if the
department needs to consult third parties or for other reasons. We will
advise you if this happens.

 

Where the documents within the scope of an FOI request include the
personal information of junior officers of the department or other
government agencies, the department’s practice is to not disclose that
information (eg, names, contact details).  The names and contact details
of senior officers will generally be disclosed. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jon by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email [AGD request email].

 

Kind regards, Jon

 

Assistant Director

Freedom of Information and Parliamentary Section

Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [1][AGD request email]

 

 

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From: Posty

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Dear Jon,

Your interpretation of the request is 99% correct.

If all documents that are not available for download currently - ARE made available for download - the second part of the request (how many people have asked for the documents) is not required to be fulfilled.

I wish to impose the least amount of work on this department as possible for the greatest advantage to the public open access.

Yours sincerely,

Posty

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From: FOI Requests
Attorney-General's Department


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Dear Posty

 

Please find attached correspondence about your FOI request FOI19/009.

 

Kind regards, Jon

 

Assistant Director

Freedom of Information and Parliamentary Section

Attorney-General’s Department

T: 02 6141 6666 | E: [1][AGD request email]

 

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Privacy Collection Notice

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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