Final report - McKinsey

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From: John Smith

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Dear Department of Human Services,

I wish to obtain a copy of the final report provided to Services Australia by McKinsey, in association with the tender CN ID: CN3495657-A1

I also with to obtain a copy of the powerpoint used by McKinsey to pitch for this contract through the open tender.

(as can be seen here: https://www.tenders.gov.au/Cn/Show/49b5e...

Given the sizeable amount of money assicated with this contract (over $1M AUD), I ask that the public interest in transparency of this matter be recognised, and that as a consequence the ordinarily applicable FOI fee be waived in this instance.

Please limit your search to documents that are stored as attachments within the email addresses of SES employees that were associated with this contract tender; and a reasonable search of the department's electronic records system.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

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From: John Smith

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Dear Department of Human Services,

I agree to the granting of additional time to fulfil this request.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

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Attachment LEX 54082 Charges and consultation Letter.pdf
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Dear Mr Smith

 

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

 

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Kaitlin

Freedom of Information Team

Employment Law and Freedom of Information Branch | Legal Services Division

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From: John Smith

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Dear FOI.LEGAL.TEAM,

I dispute this charge on two grounds.

The first ground is that it would cause undue financial hardship. I can provide evidence for this if the department insists upon these fees.

The second ground is that usually applicable fees should be waived in this instance, as this FOI request is within the public interest. $2.6M is a large amount of money for a consulting contract; so there is a public interest in having full transparency regarding this transaction.

McKinsey's activities as a consultant has also been frequently scruitinised in the news media, adding weight to the public interest in transparency regarding this transaction. Finally, trasparency regarding the management practices of Services Australia is particularly in the public interest of late; given the public's reliance on Services Australia's systems during this pandemic.

Lastly, I dispute the amount that has been calculated for this charge. It should not take longer than 5 hours to search, consult, and evaluate the document. Certainly it should take far less than 12 hours, and so I dispute the $99 charge.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith

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