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File notes about vetoing decisions for SES selection process

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Dear Federal Court of Australia,

This email is a request in writing for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. You may send notices and documents to me at the email address associated with this request.

I refer to an article published in the Australian. The article was published on 10 February 2022. The article was authored by Kylar Loussikian and Jill Rowbotham. The title of the article is “Top judge warned of registrar overhaul”.

The article is about the reclassification of a Senior Executive Service position by Mr Soden and Ms Lagos, the former and current Chief Executives of the Federal Court respectively, to avoid what Mr Soden claimed was the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s representative’s veto on a decision to promote a registrar to the Senior Executive Service position.

In that article, Justice Greenwood of the Federal Court states that “[the registrar] was ultimately appointed to the role at the (lower level) configured in a way as determined by Mr Soden and Ms Lagos, no doubt in discussion with the APSC.” Justice Greenwood also states, in an internal memo, that “[Mr Soden’s] advice that the APSC has a veto on appointment is wrong …”

I also refer to the decision (and attachments to that decision) of Ms Giorgina Strangio of the Australian Public Service Commission: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/v...

According to the attachment to Ms Strangio’s decision, it appears as though Kerryn Vine-Camp, the First Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Public Service Commission, was the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s representative for the selection process for the Senior Executive Band 1 “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position in the Federal Court.

Please provide access to:

a) all notes, including file notes, made by members of the selection panel for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that Ms Vine-Camp claimed to have a veto power in relation to the selection process;
b) all notes, including file notes, made by members of the selection panel for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that the Australian Public Service Commissioner claimed to have a veto power in relation to the selection process;
c) all notes, including file notes, made by members of the selection panel for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that Ms Vine-Camp threatened to use that veto power in relation to the selection process;
d) all notes, including file notes, made by members of the selection panel for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that the Australian Public Service Commissioner threatened to use that veto power in relation to the selection process;
e) all notes, including file notes, made by Warwick Soden in relation to the selection process for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that Ms Vine-Camp claimed to have a veto power in relation to the selection process;
f) all notes, including file notes, made by Warwick Soden in relation to the selection process for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that Ms Vine-Camp threatened to use a veto power in relation to the selection process;
g) all notes, including file notes, made by Warwick Soden in relation to the selection process for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that the Australian Public Service Commissioner claimed to have a veto power in relation to the selection process;
h) all notes, including file notes, made by Warwick Soden in relation to the selection process for the “National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar – QLD” position that suggest that the Australian Public Service Commissioner threatened to use a veto power in relation to the selection process.

Yours faithfully,

Michael V

External FOI, Federal Court of Australia

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Dear Michael

 

Please find attached correspondence from the Federal Court of Australia.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Officer

Federal Court of Australia

 

External FOI, Federal Court of Australia

3 Attachments

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Michael

 

Please find attached correspondence from the Federal Court of Australia.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Officer

Federal Court of Australia

 

External FOI, Federal Court of Australia

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Dear Michael V

Please find attached correspondence from the Federal Court of Australia.

Kind regards

FOI Officer
Federal Court of Australia

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Dear Federal Court of Australia,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Federal Court of Australia's handling of my FOI request 'File notes about vetoing decisions for SES selection process'.

I am not convinced that the searches were thorough enough. Try again.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Michael V

External FOI, Federal Court of Australia

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OFFICIAL
Dear Michael V

Please find attached correspondence from the Federal Court of Australia.

Kind regards

FOI Officer

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External FOI, Federal Court of Australia

1 Attachment

OFFICIAL
Dear Michael V

Please find attached correspondence from the Federal Court of Australia.

Kind regards

FOI Officer
Federal Court of Australia

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