Documents regarding Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal's offer/acceptance

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

In November 2008, the Australian Government formally accepted an offer from the then-President of Timor-Leste for Australian personnel to accept and wear the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM).

We would like to ask for a copy of the correspondence between the Timor-Leste and Australian governments related to the TLSM's offer and acceptance.

Yours faithfully,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear Trav S

 

Thank you for your email dated 13 December 2020, received by the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which
you made a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (the FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

In November 2008, the Australian Government formally accepted an offer
from the then-President of Timor-Leste for Australian personnel to accept
and wear the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM).

 

We would like to ask for a copy of the correspondence between the
Timor-Leste and Australian governments related to the TLSM's offer and
acceptance.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 13 December 2020 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

12 January 2020. The period of 30 days may be extended in certain
circumstances. We will advise you if there is any extension of time.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [5][DPMC request email] | w. [6]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[11]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

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FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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FOI/2020/285

 

Dear Trav S

 

We refer to you email of 13 December 2020, received by the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which you made a
request for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) in
the following terms:

 

In November 2008, the Australian Government formally accepted an offer
from the then-President of Timor-Leste for Australian personnel to accept
and wear the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM).

 

We would like to ask for a copy of the correspondence between the
Timor-Leste and Australian governments related to the TLSM's offer and
acceptance.

 

The due date for a decision on the FOI request is 12 January 2021.
Regrettably, the Department is not currently in a position to finalise the
decision on the FOI request by the due date. Accordingly, we seek your
agreement to a 17-day extension of time to the processing period, in
accordance with section 15AA of the FOI Act. Subject to any extensions or
suspensions of time allowed under the FOI Act, the extended due date for a
decision on the FOI request would be 29 January 2021.

 

We would appreciate your response by reply to this email.

 

Should you require more information, please contact us.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the update. We are happy to agree to the extension.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Trav S

Dear FOI,

Good morning, that is fine. I agree

Thank you for the update

Yours sincerely,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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OFFICIAL

Dear Trav S

 

Please find attached the decision in relation to your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

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4. https://www.linkedin.com/company/departm...
5. https://twitter.com/indigenous_gov
6. https://www.facebook.com/indigenous.gov....

Dear FOI,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Trav S