Documents relating to the private wreath laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on 12 September 2019

Stuart McCarthy made this Freedom of Information request to Australian War Memorial

The request was partially successful.

From: Stuart McCarthy


Dear Australian War Memorial,

On the morning of 12 September 2019 the Australian War Memorial conducted a private wreath laying ceremony for executives from Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Ex-Servicemen and Women.

A number of disabled TPI veterans, including some who were wounded in action in Afghanistan and other theatres, have stated that they were not aware of this ceremony, were not invited, and/or were deliberately excluded.

In accordance with the FOI Act, I hereby request to be provided with AWM documents relating to the conduct of this activity, including:

1. List of invitees.

2. List of attendees.

3. Programs or order of service.

4. Transcripts or recordings of speeches.

5. Photographs and videos of the event.

6. Financial records of costs for catering and additional staffing.

Given that the AWM is a publicly funded, public memorial, that this is a matter if public interest, and that I am a disabled veteran on disability support, I ask that the standard processing fees for this FOI request be waived.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart McCarthy

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Dear Mr McCarthy,

Your Freedom of Information Request

I refer to your email of 14 September 2019 (received by the Memorial on that date), seeking access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), in particular I understand you seek:

Information pertaining to a wreath laying ceremony conducted at the Australian War Memorial on 12 September 2019.

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If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this letter, or have any queries throughout the process, please contact me via email at [email address] or by telephoning 02 6243 4211.

Yours sincerely

Catriona Smith

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Attachment 05.MCCARTHY Stuart decision letter SENT.pdf
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Dear Mr McCarthy,

Please find attached a copy of the decision letter regarding your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards Catriona Smith
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Dear Mr McCarthy,

My apologies. It appears I omitted to send you the original attachment.

Regards Catriona

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