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Green and White Papers on State of Emergency due to Pandemic

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I hereby request any & all Green Papers & White Papers, including drafts, to detail grounds for caution or call for the need for lockdowns &/or other State-wide restrictions on individuals, businesses &/or corporations, due to alleged State of Emergency on grounds of "Pandemic". I request evidence of all scientific reports and studies used in any such Green and White papers also.

Yours faithfully,

Matilda Bawden

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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OFFICIAL

FOI/2021/259

 

Dear Ms Bawden

 

Thank you for your email dated 9 October 2021, 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:

 

I hereby request any & all Green Papers & White Papers, including drafts,
to detail grounds for caution or call for the need for lockdowns &/or
other State-wide restrictions on individuals, businesses &/or
corporations, due to alleged State of Emergency on grounds of "Pandemic".
I request evidence of all scientific reports and studies used in any such
Green and White papers also.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 9 October 2021 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 8 November 2021. The period
of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will advise you if
there is any extension of time.

 

Charges

 

Agencies may decide that an applicant is liable to pay a charge in respect
of a request for access to documents. If the Department decides that you
are liable to pay a charge, we will send you a preliminary assessment of
the charge as soon as possible.

 

Publication of documents

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[1]https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/depart...,
subject to certain exceptions. If you think you might wish to raise any
objections to the publication of any of the information which may be
released to you please contact us by email at [2][DPMC request email].  If you
do wish to object to the publication of information, you would need to
provide supporting reasons.

 

Exclusion of officers’ names and contact details

 

For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

·         any person’s signature;

·         the names and contact details of Australian Public Service
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);

·         the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers;

·         the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level
below Chief of Staff.

 

The names and other details of SES officers will not be withheld unless
there is some reason for that information to be exempt from release. If
you require signatures, the names and contact details of non-SES officers
or Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff, or the mobile or
direct numbers of SES officers please let us know at [3][DPMC request email] so
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
[4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser[]

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

Ngunnawal Country, One National Circuit  Barton  ACT  2600  |  PO Box
6500  CANBERRA  ACT  2600
e. [5][DPMC request email]  w. [6]pmc.gov.au

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[9]cid:image003.jpg@01D78E24.FF2DAFB0 The
Department
acknowledges
and pays
respect to
the past,
present and
emerging
Elders and
Traditional
Custodians
of Country,
and the
continuation
of cultural,
spiritual
and
educational
practices of
Aboriginal
and Torres
Strait
Islander
peoples.

 

 

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you 
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8. https://www.linkedin.com/company/departm...

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

5 Attachments

OFFICIAL

FOI/2021/259

 

Dear Ms Bawden

 

Please see attached the decision for your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser[]

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

Ngunnawal Country, One National Circuit  Barton  ACT  2600  |  PO Box
6500  CANBERRA  ACT  2600
e. [1][DPMC request email]  w. [2]pmc.gov.au

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[5]cid:image003.jpg@01D78E24.FF2DAFB0 The
Department
acknowledges
and pays
respect to
the past,
present and
emerging
Elders and
Traditional
Custodians
of Country,
and the
continuation
of cultural,
spiritual
and
educational
practices of
Aboriginal
and Torres
Strait
Islander
peoples.

 

 

 

______________________________________________________________________ 
IMPORTANT: This message, and any attachments to it, contains information 
that is confidential and may also be the subject of legal professional or 
other privilege. If you are not the intended recipient of this message,
you 
must not review, copy, disseminate or disclose its contents to any other 
party or take action in reliance of any material contained within it. If
you 
have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately
by 
return email informing them of the mistake and delete all copies of the 
message from your computer system. 
______________________________________________________________________

References

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2. https://www.pmc.gov.au/
3. https://twitter.com/pmc_gov_au
4. https://www.linkedin.com/company/departm...

Shelley Napper,

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Our reference: RQ21/03579

Agency reference: FOI/2021/259

Ms Matilda Bawden

Sent by email: [1][FOI #7943 email]

Extension of time under s 15AC

Dear Ms Bawden

 

Please find attached a decision of today’s date.

 

If you did not receive a decision by 9 November 2021 or you disagree with
the Department’s decision, you may wish to seek Information Commissioner
review [2]here. Further information on [3]applying for IC review is
available on the OAIC [4]website.

 

Kind regards

 

[5][IMG]   Shelley Napper  |  Assistant
Director

Investigations and Compliance

Freedom of Information
Regulatory Group

Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner

GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001  |
 [6]oaic.gov.au
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