John Lloyd emails

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Dear Australian Public Service Commission,

When the Merit Protection Commissioner found that John Lloyd breached the APS Code it confirmed what most of us in the APSC already knew – that John Lloyd is corrupt.

As soon John’s corrupt conduct came to light in Senate Estimates last year, there were communications between John and his friend, Senator Eric Abetz. Indeed, Eric Abetz and his office had a role in preparing John’s submissions to the MPC’s inquiry into John’s corruption, attacking the character of the person conducting the investigation (John Macmillan) and then attacking MPC for daring to find what everyone already knew, that John Lloyd is corrupt.

Noting that these actions point towards further corrupt activity engaged in by Lloyd and possibly Abetz, and the growing public interest in increasing levels of corruption in the APS, under the FOI Act, I seek copies of any emails contained in all of John’s outlook items that fall between the inclusive date range of 23 October 2017 (when Lloyd’s corruption was raised in the Senate) and 8 August 2018 (when Lloyd quit) and that contain (in the body of an email and/or in the addressee field of an email) any of the following words/terms:

- “abetz.com.au”
- “Manuatu”
- “[email address]”

I’m happy for the APSC to redact the personal information of any person other than John Lloyd from emails.

Regards
EE

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FOI Reference C18/2234

 

Acknowledgement of FOI request

 

The Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) acknowledges
receipt of your request dated 28 November 2018, under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), seeking access to the following
documents:

           

‘…any emails contained in all of John’s outlook items that fall between
the inclusive date range of 23 October 2017 (when Lloyd’s corruption was
raised in the Senate) and 8 August 2018 (when Lloyd quit) and that contain
(in the body of an email and/or in the addressee field of an email) any of
the following words/terms:

 

-           “abetz.com.au”

-           “Manuatu”

-           “[1][email address]”…’

           

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Karen

FOI Coordinator

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Australian Public Service Commission

Treasury Building, Parkes Place West, Parkes ACT 2600

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Email: [email address]

 

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FOI Reference C18/2234

 

Good afternoon EE

 

I refer to your FOI request to the Australian Public Service Commission
(the Commission), lodged on 28 November 2018, seeking access to documents
relating to any emails contained in John Lloyd’s outlook account. 

 

The Commission has determined there is a need to conduct formal
consultation with affected third parties as required by sections 27 and or
27A [Consultation –documents affecting personal privacy] of the FOI Act.

 

As such, in accordance with section 15(6)(a) of the FOI Act, the
processing time for responding to your request has been extended by 30
days. The statutory due date for you to receive a decision will now fall
on 27 January 2019.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Karen

FOI Coordinator

 

Australian Public Service Commission

Level 4, B Block, Treasury Building

Parkes Place West, Parkes ACT 2600

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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From: EE

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Dear FOI,

Further to my FOI request of 28 November 2018, there is a strong public interest in the documents I’ve requested because

(a) Noting the APSC’s statutory role in upholding high standards of integrity and conduct in the APS, if there are documents indicating that former Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd was corresponding with Eric Abetz and/or his staff, then those documents will provide important APSC led guidance on what constitutes acceptable communications between public servants and members of parliament for the purposes of the APS Code. In other words, if it’s ok (and not a breach of the APS Code) for the Australian Public Service Commissioner to use Commonwealth resources to fraternise with, provide information/advice to, and receive information/advice from, members of parliament who are not relevant Ministers (whatever their political persuasion), then it must be ok for any other public servant to do the same.

[2] Alternatively, if such conduct is not allowable under the Public Service Act, then the documents will indicate further corruption engaged in by the former Public Service Commissioner.

In either case, there is strong public interest (including at least, for all of the APS, who would benefit from that guidance) in the documents the subject of my request.

Yours sincerely,

EE

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FOI Reference:  C18/2234

 

Good afternoon EE,

 

I refer to your request for access to documents under the FOI Act,
received on 28^th November 2018, in which you are seeking access to any
emails contained in all of John’s outlook items that fall between the
inclusive date range of 23 October 2017 (when Lloyd’s corruption was
raised in the Senate) and 8 August 2018 (when Lloyd quit) and that contain
(in the body of an email and/or in the addressee field of an email) any of
the following words/terms:

 

-           “abetz.com.au”

-           “Manuatu”

-           [1][email address].

 

Please find attached a copy of your decision.

 

Regards,

Karen

 

FOI Coordinator

 

Australian Public Service Commission

Level 4, B Block, Treasury Building

Parkes Place West, Parkes ACT 2600

P: 02 6202 3500    l    E: [2][email address]

 

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