In re an investigation initiated by the Department

Mark R. Diamond made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Human Services

This request has been withdrawn by the person who made it. There may be an explanation in the correspondence below.

From: Mark R. Diamond

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FOI Contact Person
Department of Human Services

Dear FOI Person,

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
In re an investigation initiated by the Department
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In the recently determined Administrative Appeals Tribunal case of Kosteski and Comcare [2014] AATA 217 (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/A..., Deputy President RP Handley noted at paragraph 35 that a witness gave evidence that, "towards the end of 2011, an independent officer was appointed to investigate the culture of the unit [i.e., Centrelink’s Business Integrity unit in Hurstville] and the behaviour of its staff."

I request access to:
(1) a copy of the document or documents appointing the independent officer;
(2) a copy of the document or documents to that officer requesting that they undertake the investigation that is mentioned above; and
(3) a copy of the report from that officer about the result of their investigation.

If you require any further information regarding the documents I seek, please let me know. The electronic address at righttoknow.org.au that is associated with this email is the relevant address for the purposes of section 15(2)(c) of the FOI Act.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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From: FREEDOMOFINFORMATION
Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services acknowledges receipt of your
correspondence.

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From: FOI.LEGAL.TEAM
Department of Human Services


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Dear Mr Diamond,

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request.

 

Regards,

 

Julia Driver

FOI and Information Release Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

Doris Blackburn Building
18 Canberra Avenue, Forrest

Ph: 02 6223 4702

[1]www.humanservices.gov.au

 

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From: Mark R. Diamond

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FOI Legal Team
Department of Human Services

Dear FOI Person,

Your reference: LEX 8121

I refer to your letter of today's date acknowledging receipt of my FOI request. I do not object to your redaction under section 22 of the names of junior officers, their contact details, and so forth, as described in paragraph 6 of your letter. I do, however, reserve my rights (a) to make a further FOI request for those details if they are shown to be relevant to the substance of my request, or (b) to request a review under Part IV of the Act.

Many thanks for your very prompt response.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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Department of Human Services


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Dear Mr Diamond,

 

Please find attached correspondence that relates to your request made
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Kind Regards

 

FOI Delegate

FOI and Information Release Legal Branch | Legal Services Division

Department of Human Services

This email and any attachments may contain information subject to legal
professional privilege or information that is otherwise sensitive or
confidential. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you are
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From: Mark R. Diamond

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FOI Delegate
Department of Human Services

Dear FOI Delegate,

Re: Request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Your reference: LEX 8121
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Thank you for your letter of 16 May 2014 in which you outline the charges payable in respect of my request for documents relating to a recent internal investigation by the department.

I decline to pay the charge.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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From: FOI.LEGAL.TEAM
Department of Human Services

Dear Mr Diamond,

Thank you for your email.

As you have stated that you decline to pay the charge, I have taken your request to be withdrawn.

Kind Regards,

Julia Driver
Freedom of Information & Information Release Legal Branch | Legal Services Division
Department of Human Services

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Mark R. Diamond left an annotation ()

I did not, in fact, withdraw the request. I've forced system to presume that I withdrew it in order that I could avoid having to classify the request under some other irrelevant category.

The real classification is 'Deemed withdrawal' by force of section 29(1)(g) of the Freedom of Information Act.

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