Gaetjens report into sports grants program ministerial conflict of interest
Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,
Under the FOI Act 1982, I request the report by PM&C Secretary Phil Gaetjens into ministerial conflicts of interest and the Ministerial Code of Conduct with regards to the Sport Australia Community Sports Infrastructure Program, as supplied to the Prime Minister in February 2020.
In light of the exceptional public interest in this matter, which I am sure you are aware of, I request that all fees be waived.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Thank you for your email of 2 February 2020, received by the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which you made a
request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) in the following terms:
Under the FOI Act 1982, I request the report by PM&C Secretary Phil
Gaetjens into ministerial conflicts of interest and the Ministerial Code
of Conduct with regards to the Sport Australia Community Sports
Infrastructure Program, as supplied to the Prime Minister in February
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