Information given to press after death on Richard Green in November 2015

Rob Cumming made this Freedom of Information request to Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Waiting for an internal review by Civil Aviation Safety Authority of their handling of this request.

From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Civil Aviation Safety Authority,

I request all documents related to statements made by Peter Gibson or others of CASA, following the death of Richard Green, his wife and friend in the Hunter Valley on 7th November 2015 released to The Australian, Newcastle Herald and Sydney Morning Herald.

These documents to include e-mails to the newspaper outlets, internal e-mails of approval for release and transcripts of any verbal communications to those organisations.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Cumming

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From: Ferguson, Kirsty
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

UNCLASSIFIED
Dear Rob,

I confirm receipt of your request for access to documents pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 of 9 December 2015.

The contact officer for your request is Mrs Jennifer Smith-Roberts, Freedom of Information and Finance Officer, and she is contactable as detailed below:

Jennifer Smith-Roberts
Legal Services Division
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
GPO Box 2005, Canberra ACT 2601

Ph: 02 6217 1445
Fax: 02 6217 1607
[email address]

Jennifer will be in touch with you in relation to the processing of your request.

Kirsty Ferguson
Legal Services Division
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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From: Smith-Roberts, Jennifer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Dear Mr Cumming

Please find attached a preliminary charges notice in relation to your request.

Kind regards

Jennifer Smith-Roberts
Freedom of Information and Finance Officer Legal Services Division Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Ph: 02 6217 1445
Fax: 02 6217 1607
Email: [email address]

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Smith-Roberts, Jennifer,

The assessed charge is for publicly presented materials and I will pay the cost, provided details are made for payment today and this can be made by PayPal or over-the-phone credit card.

The material must be available within 24 hours.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Smith-Roberts, Jennifer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

I am on annual leave, returning Monday 4 January 2016.

 

For any FOI matters, please email [CASA request email],
otherwise I will respond to your email upon my return. Please note that
the FOI mailbox will not be monitored during the CASA shutdown period,
from 25 December through to 3 January 2016.

 

Any Finance matters, please email [email address]

 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

PLEASE NOTE YOUR EMAIL HAS NOT BEEN FORWARDED

 

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Smith-Roberts, Jennifer,

I am quite concerned that there is no other responsible person to answer this request.

I understand CASA has over 800 employees, yet there is no alternate made available to the public to process FOI requests.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Ferguson, Kirsty,

The assessed charge is for publicly presented materials and I will
pay the cost, provided details are made for payment today and this
can be made by PayPal or over-the-phone credit card.

The material must be available within 24 hours.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hi Rob, you should be able to select "Write a Reply" down the bottom, and then be given the option to reply to the Main FOI Contact email address. I would suggest doing this as it will go to CASA's FOI inbox rather than directly to the person who is now on leave.

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Civil Aviation Safety Authority,

The assessed charge is for publicly presented materials and I will
pay the cost, provided details are made for payment today and this
can be made by PayPal or over-the-phone credit card.

The material must be available within 24 hours.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Cumming

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hi Rob,

Regarding your request, unfortunately the law isn't on your side in this case.

The Department has 30 days from the time you've made your request to make a decision. When they ask you to pay a charge, that timeframe is suspended until either you make payment or appeal it and they overturn the charge. They may extend the timeframe for a range of reasons (they should tell you about this).

Also, just because you pay a fee it doesn't mean you will get access to all the documents. They may hide some information (and they seem to suggest in their letter that they will).

Hope I've helped explain the process, if you've got any questions about the FOI process then please leave an annotation and our community will help out.

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From: Ferguson, Kirsty
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Dear Rob,
Please find attached letter of even date.
Kirsty

Kirsty Ferguson
Legal Services Division
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Ferguson, Kirsty,

Hi, I have forwarded details of payment and receipt to you now by separate e-mail.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Ferguson, Kirsty,

I arranged payment for the assessed amount, with prompt attention requested. I am yet to get a reply from you with the FOI information.

Please indicate when this will occur.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Smith-Roberts, Jennifer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Dear Mr Cumming

Please find attached my decision in relation to your request of 9 December 2015, and documents released.

Kind regards

Jennifer Smith-Roberts
Freedom of Information and Finance Officer Legal Services Division Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Ph: 02 6217 1445
Fax: 02 6217 1607
Email: [email address]

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Civil Aviation Safety Authority,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Civil Aviation Safety Authority's handling of my FOI request 'Information given to press after death on Richard Green in November 2015'.

That s42 is improperly applied in Group 1 documents at page 2, 3 and 4

That s42 is improperly applied in Group 2 documents at page 1, 2 and 3

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/i...

Yours faithfully,

Rob Cumming

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From: Smith-Roberts, Jennifer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

UNCLASSIFIED
Dear Mr Cumming

I confirm receipt of your request for internal review, dated 15 January 2016.

The review will be conducted by another CASA officer, and you will be advised of a decision within 30 days from the date of your email.

Kind regards

Jennifer Smith-Roberts
Freedom of Information and Finance Officer Legal Services Division Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Ph: 02 6217 1445
Fax: 02 6217 1607
Email: [email address]

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From: Smith-Roberts, Jennifer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Dear Mr Cumming

Please find attached the internal review decision in relation to your request.

Kind regards

Jennifer Smith-Roberts
Freedom of Information and Finance Officer Legal Services Division Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Ph: 02 6217 1445
Fax: 02 6217 1607
Email: [email address]

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Rob Cumming left an annotation ()

Forwarded to OAIC today 17th March 2016

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