HOSM correspondence between Dept of PM & C and DFAT re: FOI/2020/1721C Document 2

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

On the 12/03/21 the following document ( FOI/2020/1721C) was released under FOI.

Contained within that release is a letter titled Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) between Mr Ric Wells DFAT and Mr Paul O'Neill PM & C (FOI/2020/1721C Document 2).
Mr O'Neill states the following in paragraph 2...

' It is this Departments view that the conditions in Iraq following the US lead Coalitions Forces met the conditions for the award of the medal. In addition to other eligible groups it is proposed to recommend that the Medal be awarded to a group of Australian personnel attached to the Coalition Provisional Authority. These nominations have been the subject of discussions between (s22) of this department and Ms Louise Hand of your Department'.

Regarding the final sentence of the paragraph, I respectfully request copies of the correspondence and or record of conversations stated above between Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Ms Louise Hand, Chief of Protocol ,DFAT.

Yours faithfully,

Francis Unmeopa

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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FOI/2021/043

 

Dear Francis Unmeopa

 

Thank you for your email dated 19 March 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:

 

On the 12/03/21 the following document ( FOI/2020/1721C) was released
under FOI.

 

Contained within that release is a letter titled Humanitarian Overseas
Service Medal (HOSM) between Mr Ric Wells DFAT and Mr Paul O'Neill PM & C
(FOI/2020/1721C Document 2).

Mr O'Neill states the following in paragraph 2...

 

' It is this Departments view that the conditions in Iraq following the US
lead Coalitions Forces met the conditions for the award of the medal. In
addition to other eligible groups it is proposed to recommend that the
Medal be awarded to a group of Australian personnel attached to the
Coalition Provisional Authority. These nominations have been the subject
of discussions between (s22) of this department and Ms Louise Hand of your
Department'.

 

Regarding the final sentence of the paragraph, I respectfully request
copies of the correspondence and or record of conversations stated above
between Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Ms Louise Hand, Chief
of Protocol ,DFAT.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 19 March 2021 and the 30-day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. As the
due date for notifying you of a decision on your request falls on a
Sunday, under section 36 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, the due date
extends to the next available business day which is Monday, 19 April 2021.
The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will
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Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

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