Futher information sought regarding Document B09/1640 Assessment of Australian Contingent to GE Infrastructure for 'Indian Ocean' operation.

The request was partially successful.

Francis Unmeopa

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Please accept this request for information under the FOI Act.

On 17 November 2009, the Assistant Secretary Awards and Culture Branch, Mr Peter Rush, approved document Ref: B09/1640 titled "Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal: Assessment of Australian contingent to GE Infrastructure for ‘Indian Ocean’ operation”.

On 1 September 2020, I requested PM&C’s assessment justifying the award of the HOSM to GE Infrastructure, Water and Process Technologies Australian contingent under the FOI Act.

On 1 Dec 2020, the Assistant Secretary Parliamentary and Government Branch, Mr Rush, released a copy of the assessment. Unfortunately parts of the assessment were not included in the release.

As such we respectfully request the release of the following documents:
1. “Attachment A. Draft Response and Instrument”.
2. “Attachment B. Testimonial (s47F redacted)”.

Regarding this assessment, the first page appears to show conflicting handwritten annotations. The decision “NOT AGREED” is either crossed-out or signed and also circled. A line is drawn through “SIGNED/NOT SIGNED”, but the document appears to be signed. Hand written notes appear to direct someone to “please discuss” the document and its advice.

Taking into account that these handwritten notations do not provide an accurate conclusion as to the final decision, we would be grateful for a copy of:
3. any documents verifying the Cabinet Secretary’s decision in relation to the assessment.
4. documents/correspondence resulting from the annotation to ‘please discuss’ the assessment or recommendation.

Thank you for your time.
Kind regards
Francis Unmeopa

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

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FOI/2020/291

 

Dear Mr Unmeopa

 

We write in relation to your email dated 29 December 2020, and received by
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in
which you made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) for access to the following:

 

On 17 November 2009, the Assistant Secretary Awards and Culture Branch, Mr
Peter Rush, approved document Ref: B09/1640 titled "Humanitarian Overseas
Service Medal: Assessment of Australian contingent to GE Infrastructure
for ‘Indian Ocean’ operation”.

 

On 1 September 2020, I requested PM&C’s assessment justifying the award of
the HOSM to GE Infrastructure, Water and Process Technologies Australian
contingent under the FOI Act.

 

On 1 Dec 2020, the Assistant Secretary Parliamentary and Government
Branch, Mr Rush, released a copy of the assessment.  Unfortunately parts
of the assessment were not included in the release.

 

As such we respectfully request the release of the following documents:

1.            “Attachment A.  Draft Response and Instrument”.

2.            “Attachment B.  Testimonial (s47F redacted)”.

 

Regarding this assessment, the first page appears to show conflicting
handwritten annotations.  The decision “NOT AGREED” is either crossed-out
or signed and also circled.  A line is drawn through “SIGNED/NOT SIGNED”,
but the document appears to be signed.  Hand written notes appear to
direct someone to “please discuss” the document and its advice.

 

Taking into account that these handwritten notations do not provide an
accurate conclusion as to the final decision, we would be grateful for a
copy of:

3.            any documents verifying the Cabinet Secretary’s decision in
relation to the assessment.

4.            documents/correspondence resulting from the annotation to
‘please discuss’  the assessment or recommendation.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 29 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 28 January 2021. 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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the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will take it that you agree
to that information being excluded from the scope of your request (that
is, the information will be treated as irrelevant and redacted from any
documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at
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Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

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Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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FOI/2020/291

 

Dear Mr Unmeopa

 

Please find attached the decision and documents 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

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for agreeing to release Document 1 and Document 2 in full.

It is my belief that the full release of Document 3, minus persons names, is very much in the public interest.

Therefore , I respectfully seek your your advice on the subject.

Given that this is my 2nd FOI request in which access to Document 3 has been refused. For the purposes of seeking an Information Commissioner review, does this 2nd FOI refusal in relation to Document 3 constitute the equivalent of an internal review ?

Thanking you
Yours sincerely,

Francis Unmeopa

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Dear Mr Unmeopa

 

The decision for FOI/2020/291 was made in relation to the scope of your
request of 29 December 2020 and does not constitute an internal review of
a previous decision where the same document may also have been in scope.

 

Please refer to the decision letter in relation to FOI/2020/291 for your
review rights, if you are not satisfied with the decision.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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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 your quick reply and advice.
With respect , to save time do you have any objections to the matter now being referred to the Information Commissioner ?

Yours sincerely,

Francis Unmeopa

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Unmeopa,

As the applicant, it is for your decision whether you wish to exercise your right to seek internal review or Information Commissioner (OAIC) review of an agency's decision on your FOI request.

Yours sincerely

FOI Adviser
FOI and Privacy Section| Legal Policy Branch
Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 (02) 6271 5849
[DPMC request email]
 www.pmc.gov.au
One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600
 

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