Independent report into allegations by veterans of DVA offender framing

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

BACKGROUND:

Several veterans have written to DVA’s Teena Blewitt following complaints that DVA, “engages in stalking and invasion of veterans privacy.” Her response in part said, “I can confirm an independent review of the work undertaken by the Security and Property Branch has been undertaken following your correspondence……..”

INFORMATION I AM SEEKING UNDER FOI:

I require, in full, the independent review that DVA’s Teena Blewitt was referring to in her correspondence to several veterans.

Yours faithfully,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Ashmore,

 

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

 

BACKGROUND:
Several veterans have written to DVA's Teena Blewitt following complaints
that DVA, "engages in stalking and invasion of veterans privacy."  Her
response in part said, "I can confirm an independent review of the work
undertaken by the Security and Property Branch has been undertaken
following your correspondence."

'INFORMATION I AM SEEKING UNDER FOI:

I require, in full, the independent review that DVA's Teena Blewitt was
referring to in her correspondence to several veterans.

 

Your request was received by the department on 17 May 2024 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.

 

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Kind Regards

 

Arthur Information Access Registrations Officer

Position Number – 62341836

Information Access Unit

  Client and Information Access Branch

  Ministerial, Engagement & Communications Division

  Department of Veterans’ Affairs

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

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