Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,
After watching the video on the link below, I wish to know what legislation is in place to protect Australians from the threat of Islam. I believe anyone with a low level of education and the propensity toward mental illness may be vulnerable to this organisation, especially the radical fringe.
We recently saw and act similar to the one in the video carried out in London. What steps are being taken to assure all Australians that this cannot happen here? Is there legislation in place that outlaws Sharia law being practiced in Australia? This is of vital importance to our domestic security.
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Our references: FA 14/03/00319; ADF2014/8021
Dear Mr Gray
I refer to your request for access to information, received on 6 March
I wish to know what legislation is in place to protect Australians from
the threat of Islam.
Australian legislation is a publically available resource.
A list of the portfolio legislation that applies to the Department of
Immigration and Border Protection is available at:
Information relating to Australian National Security is available at:
I hope this information is of assistance to you.
The department has not accepted your request as valid under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). This is because your request is for
'information' and not for a document in the department's possession at the
time of your request.
Access to Documents
The right to request documents under the FOI Act is outlined in the
Guidelines published by the Office of the Australian Information
Section 11(1) of the FOI Act gives every person a legally enforceable
right to obtain access to a document of an agency or an official document
of a minister, unless the document is exempt. [para 2.1]
The right of access enshrined in the FOI Act applies to ‘documents’. This
term is defined in s 4(1) to include maps, photographs, and any article
from which sounds, images or writing are capable of being reproduced (for
example, emails). There is no general obligation on agencies to reduce
information to written documentary form in order to facilitate an FOI
request, except in relation to information that is stored on a computer
tape or disk (s 17). [para 1.26]
The right of access is to existing documents, rather than to information.
The FOI Act does not require an agency or minister to create a new
document in response to a request for access, except in limited
circumstances where the applicant seeks access in a different format (see
Part 8 of these Guidelines) or where the information is stored in an
agency computer system rather than in discrete form.
The right of access applies to documents that exist at the time the FOI
request was made. [para 3.8]
Therefore, any general request for 'information' or 'data' that does not
already exist in a document held by the department is considered an
The full Guidelines can be accessed on the OAIC's website at:
Your request has been closed as invalid.
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Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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