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John Lloyd and Stephanie Foster

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From: Jason Potts

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I refer the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to the following articles:

https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/institute...
https://www.crikey.com.au/2013/04/05/abb...
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/backers-to-h...
http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/posts.a...

which, on one view, tend to suggest that far right wing political lobby group, the Institute of Public Affairs, is a pro-paedophile organisation that actively engages in the financing of child rapists.

I can’t see anything on the Institute of Public Affairs’ website that unequivocally indicates that the Institute of Public Affairs opposes acts of child rape. That being the case, and having regard to the Institute of Public Affairs’ policy manifesto more generally, it may be the case that the Institute of Public Affairs considers that acts of child rape are currently being practised inefficiently as a result of being overburdened by bureaucratic red and green tape and that the regulation of the marketplace for acts of child rape should be left to “invisible hand” of the free market (preferably so long as that “invisible hand” is attached to someone who is wealthy, caucasian and christian, but definitely not an environmentalist, public servant or trade unionist).

It is noteworthy that:
i) unsurprisingly, the Institute of Public Affairs is closely aligned with the Liberal Party; and
ii) the Institute of Public Affairs is the ideological and philosophical home, and employer, of one of Australia’s most corrupt public servants, former Public Service Commissioner – John Lloyd.

I note that John Lloyd has returned to the IPA, as a director, after his corrupt stint as Australian Public Service Commissioner.

It is relevant that Stephanie Foster, currently the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Deputy Secretary – Governance was, as Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd’s ‘partner in crime’, so to speak, throughout much of his corrupt tenure. Indeed, there seems to be evidence available that Ms Foster took steps to conceal, turn a blind eye to, and run interference for, John Lloyd’s corruption in public office, perhaps thereby facilitating that corruption.

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to email correspondence, falling between the period of 2 July 2018 to the date of this application, between Mr John Lloyd and his loyal friend and colleague, Stephanie Foster (including email documents sent by Mr Lloyd to Ms Foster and email documents sent by Ms Foster to Mr Lloyd).

If Ms Foster has nothing to hide, she has nothing to fear.

Documents falling within the scope of my request can be quickly identified and retrieved by searching all items (including archived items) in Ms Foster’s Department issued email account according to persons sent to, and received from.

There’s clearly a public interest in the content of communications between one former, corrupt, politically appointed Public Service Commissioner/director of a pederast lobby group with his former deputy and loyal friend.

Yours faithfully,

J Potts

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Potts

 

I write in relation to your request, dated 1 October 2019, to the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) for access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) in the following
terms:

 

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to email correspondence, falling between
the period of 2 July 2018 to the date of this application, between Mr John
Lloyd and his loyal friend and colleague, Stephanie Foster (including
email documents sent by Mr Lloyd to Ms Foster and email documents sent by
Ms Foster to Mr Lloyd).

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received the request on 1 October 2019 and the 30-day statutory period
for processing your request commenced from the day after that date. You
should therefore expect a decision from us by 31 October 2019. The period
of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will advise you if
there is any extension of time.

 

Charges

 

Agencies may decide that an applicant is liable to pay a charge in respect
of a request for access to documents. If the Department decides that you
are liable to pay a charge, we will send you a preliminary assessment of
the charge as soon as possible.

 

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Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
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objections to the publication of any of the information which may be
released to you please contact us by email at [2][DPMC request email]. If you do
wish to object to the publication of information, you would need to
provide supporting reasons.

 

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For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

 

·         any person’s signature;

·         the names and contact details of Australian Public Service
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);

·         the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers; and

·         the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level
below Chief of Staff.

 

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there is some reason for that information to be exempt from release. If
you require signatures, the names and contact details of non-SES officers
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direct numbers of SES officers please let us know at [3][DPMC request email] so
the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will take it that you agree
to that information being excluded from the scope of your request (that
is, the information will be treated as irrelevant and redacted from any
documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
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Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [5][DPMC request email] | w. [6]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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The Department acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country
throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and
community. We pay our respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both
past and present.

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Dear Mr Potts

 

I refer to your FOI request to the Department of the Prime Minister and
Cabinet in the following terms:

 

Under the FOI Act, I seek access to email correspondence, falling between
the period of 2 July 2018 to the date of this application, between Mr John
Lloyd and his loyal friend and colleague, Stephanie Foster (including
email documents sent by Mr Lloyd to Ms Foster and email documents sent by
Ms Foster to Mr Lloyd).

 

Please find attached a notice of preliminary assessment of charges for
your FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

 

 

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From: Jason Potts

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Dear FOI,

The $20 desposit was paid into the Department’s account on Thursday 31 October 2019 with reference 2019285.

To reiterate the public interest in the documents that I seek I note that:
• Last year, John Lloyd, former Public Service Commissioner, and IPA/Liberal Party stooge, was independently found to be corrupt
• Stephanie Foster, currently Deputy Secretary in the PM’s Department, was John Lloyd’s deputy during his corruption, and was aware of his corrupt activities, but because it wasn’t in her political/professional interest to do so, she concealed, and actively defended his corruption, including to the Australian Parliament, right up to the point he was independently found to be corrupt. Those actions were in breach of Ms Foster legal obligations to take action to report and address corruption. Accordingly, there’s a strong case that Stephanie Foster is also corrupt.
• There’s a strong public interest in the content of taxpayer funded communications between two very senior, corrupt, public servants.

I also note that it would be a conflict of interest, and a contravention of s.13(7) of the Public Service Act for a decision to be made on this FOI request by anyone that is a subordinate of Stephanie Foster. That would be like someone from the IPA/Liberal Party investigating John Lloyd. Noting that Peter Rush is a subordinate of Stephanie Foster, and therefore he is conflicted in relation to this FOI matter, I request a Department officer who is not subordinate to Ms Foster make a decision on my FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Potts

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Potts

 

Please find attached the receipt in respect of your payment of the $20
deposit.

 

The due date for notifying you of a decision on your FOI request is 2
December 2019.

 

Lastly, we do not accept your assertion that there is a conflict of
interest, and a contravention of s.13(7) of the Public Service Act for a
decision to be made on this FOI request by anyone that is a subordinate of
Stephanie Foster.  However, in this particular circumstance, taking into
account your specific request that Mr Rush not be the decision maker on
this matter and to avoid the Department's resources being unnecessarily
diverted by further disputing your assertion, the Department will be
allocating your FOI request to a new decision maker who is not subordinate
to Ms Foster.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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