Indonesian Minors jailed in Australian Adult Prisons

Asher Hirsch made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

This request has been withdrawn by the person who made it.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

From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following documents:

Please provide documents and correspondence between the Department and the Government of Indonesia (and its agencies) regarding Indonesian minors who were jailed in adult prisons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth between 2008 and 2012 for crewing asylum seeker boats.

Yours faithfully,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

Thank you for your e-mail dated 4 July 2017 in which you seek access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

“documents and correspondence between the Department and the Government of Indonesia (and its agencies) regarding Indonesian minors who were jailed in adult prisons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth between 2008 and 2012 for crewing asylum seeker boats”.

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Dear Mr Hirsch

Please find attached a letter outlining the charges associated with the processing of your current FOI request.

Regards,

FOI TEAM
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your letter requesting a payment of $127.20 for this FOI request. I appreciate the prompt response.

I request that that the fee be waived under s 29(5)(b) of the FOI Act. I believe these documents are in the public interest. Australia's border protection laws and policies have received significant public attention. Likewise, the jailing of Indonesian minors charged with people smuggling is also of particular interest to the public.

For example, the issue requested in this FOI has received media attention in a recent ABC article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-23/in...

I believe this issue to be in the public interest and as such request that the fees are waived.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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Dear Mr Hirsch

Please find attached the Department's response to your request for a waiver of the processing charges associated with your FOI request.

Regards,

DFAT FOI TEAM

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From: Asher Hirsch

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Dear FOI,

I would like to withdraw this request.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Asher Hirsch

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