Please accept this request for information under the FOI Act.
1. Please provide a copy of all correspondence between public servants Peter Rush and John Reid regarding the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal. Limit your search to correspondence in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
2. Last year a Mr John Reid served me with a notice of intent to consider a vexatious declaration with the Information Commissioner. Your department has the onus of establishing that the IC should make the declaration. Please provide a document listing explicitly the FOI requests Mr Reid claims as vexatious.
Dear Trav S,
Thank you for your email dated 7 January 2022 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:
1. Please provide a copy of all correspondence between public servants
Peter Rush and John Reid regarding the Humanitarian Overseas Service
Medal. Limit your search to correspondence in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
2. Last year a Mr John Reid served me with a notice of
intent to consider a vexatious declaration with the Information
Commissioner. Your department has the onus of establishing that the IC
should make the declaration. Please provide a document listing explicitly
the FOI requests Mr Reid claims as vexatious.
Timeframe for receiving your decision
We received your request on 7 January 2022 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 7 February 2022. The period
of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances under the FOI Act. We
will write to you regarding any extension of time that may relate to your
The documents falling within the scope of your request above may contain
personal information, the Department will assess the release of this
information in accordance with the conditional exemption of s47F in the
FOI Act, where personal information may be conditionally exempt from
release. The Department will also consider the FOI Guidelines and in
particular that release to the public site of Right to Know is a release
to a wider audience [3.36 Part 3 of the FOI Guidelines].
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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
Adviser | FOI Section
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
p. (02) 6271 5849
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