Documents relating to the Australian Olympic stilnox scandal

Ashleigh Stevenson made this Freedom of Information request to Minister for Sport

Minister for Sport did not have the information requested.

From: Ashleigh Stevenson


Dear Minister for Sport, Sussan Ley

For research purposes, i wish to acquire documents relating to the 2012 Olympic Stilnox scandal involving Australian Olympic swimmers James Magnussen and the other members of the Australian swimming relay team.

Thank you for assistance in this request i have given.

Yours faithfully,
Ashleigh Stevenson

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Sent request to Minister for Sport again, using a new contact address.

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It turns out we had the wrong address for the Minister for Sport in Right to Know, so I've resent it to the correct address and told the Agency who it was sent to that it was sent in error.



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Attention: Ashleigh Stevenson


Please see attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to the
Department of Health.


Kind regards

FOI Officer


FOI Unit / Information Law Section / Legal Services Branch

Department of Health

' Phone: (02) 6289 1666| 6  Fax: (02) 6289 5601

* GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601 / MDP 350


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From: Edgar Crook

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Ashleigh Stevenson

Right To Know



2 March 2015



Dear Ashleigh


I am writing in relation to your FOI request that was transferred to the
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) from the Dept. of Health on 26 February
2015 seeking access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the Act).  I confirm that you seek access to:

documents relating to the 2012 Olympic Stilnox scandal involving
Australian Olympic swimmers James Magnussen and the other members of the
Australian swimming relay team.


I am an officer authorised under section 23 of the Act to make decisions
in relation to requests for access to documents.  This letter sets out my
decision in relation to your request.


In relation to your request I have decided to refuse your request pursuant
to section 24A of the FOI Act on the basis that I have taken all
reasonable steps to find the documents falling within the scope of your
request, and I am satisfied that the ASC does not have the documents or
that they do not exist.


The ASC is Australia’s primary national sports administration and advisory
agency, and on behalf of the Australian Government, plays a central
leadership role in the development and operation of the Australian sports
system, administering and funding innovative sport programs and providing
leadership, coordination and support for the sport sector.


However, in regards to individual athletes, their activities and
performance, those are managed by Australia’s National Sporting
Organisations, and in this case by Swimming Australia. Additionally, any
matters involving medications and/or doping is managed by the Australian
Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).


While I have not found any internal documents that relate directly to your
request, I did find some press cuttings which were in the ASC’s record
holdings. These clippings were provided to the ASC by a commercial media
monitoring entity under license and so I am unable to directly share the
contents with you. However, below are all the details to assist you to
find them in the public domain – note that there are changes of title and
other content between the print and electronic versions.


My battle with pills by Neil Breen and Jonathan Marshall

Sunday Telegraph, 1 July 2012

Pages 1, 4, 5



Games drugs put to sleep by Ben English and Neil Breen

Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2012

Pages 1-4



Athletes safer but medals on line as Stilnox pills banned by Wayne Smith

The Australian, 4 July 2012

Pages 1, 4



Overreacting officials asleep at the wheel by Patrick Smith

The Australian, 4 July 2012

Page 36




Olympic champs of the fool by Todd Balym

Sunday Mail, 2 September 2012

Page 3



You may also be interested in viewing the Bluestone Edge review
commissioned by Swimming Australia into the culture and leadership of
Australian Olympic swimming. A version of the report is available online



If you do not agree with my access decision, you have an opportunity to
apply for a review of that decision or to make a complaint. I have
provided information on your review rights at Attachment A.  


If you have any queries about this letter please do not hesitate to
contact me.


Yours faithfully


Edgar Crook

Assistant Director, Information Governance


Information Management Services

Corporate Operations
Australian Sports Commission

Tel:   +61 2 6214 1372

[6][email address]







Attachment A



Rights of Review


Right to Review of the Decision


If you are dissatisfied with this decision you can apply for internal
review by the ASC or for review by the Information Commissioner (IC).  You
do not have to apply for internal review before seeking IC review.


Internal review

If you seek internal review another ASC officer will be appointed to
conduct the review and make a completely fresh decision based on the
merits of the case.


You may seek internal review by making an application in writing to the
ASC within 30 days of being notified of this decision or 15 days after
access to the released documents is given, whichever is the longer


Your application for internal review should be addressed to:

Corporate Counsel

Australian Sports Commission 

PO Box 176

Belconnen ACT 2616




[8][email address]


Information Commissioner Review

Alternatively, you may apply in writing for review by the Information
Commissioner.  Refer to
for further information.  In making your application you need to provide:

·         an address for notices to be sent (this can be an email
address); and

·         a copy of this decision


It would also help if you sent out the grounds on which you believe that
the decision should be reviewed.



Right to Complain


You may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner about action
taken by the ASC in relation to your application.  The complaint needs to
be in writing and identify the agency against which the complaint is
made.  Further information is available at [10] 


You can submit your complaint using the form on the above website or sent
it to:

                Information Commissioner

                GPO Box 2999

                Canberra ACT 2601


There is no particular form required to make a complaint, but the
complaint should set out the ground/s on which you consider the action
should be investigated.





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