KAFTA Copyright Amendment Justification Documents (DFAT)

Brendan Molloy made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not have the information requested.

From: Brendan Molloy

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Dear DFAT,

I hereby request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the following documents:

a) Documents, including advice, that contributed to the development of the view that the implementation of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement would require amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 as per paragraph 17 of the National Interest Analysis.

KAFTA National Interest Analysis: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/dfat/...

I also make the application that all costs for the processing of this request be waived on the grounds that the release of this information is in the public interest, will enhance the transparency of the process and the public debate surrounding apparently required legislative changes.

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Regards,

Brendan Molloy
Councillor
Pirate Party Australia

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Our Ref: 1406F847

Dear Mr Molloy

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

Thank you for your email dated 11 June 2014 in which you seek access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

“ Documents, including advice, that contributed to the development of the view that the implementation of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement would require amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 as per paragraph 17 of the National Interest Analysis.”

Searches are now being undertaken in relevant areas of the Department for documents relevant to your request. I will contact you again once the searches have been completed.

Timeframe for receiving your decision:
We received your request on 11 June 2014 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 12 July 2014. The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We will advise you if there is any extension of time.

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It is the Department’s policy to withhold the names and contact details of officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES) within the Department and other agencies contained within documents that fall within scope of the request. If you require the names and contact details of non-SES officers please let us know at [DFAT 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.

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Timing of release:
As the subject matter of your request will require DFAT to upload any documents released to you to the Department’s FOI Disclosure Log, I take this opportunity to advise you that the Department’s policy is to upload released documents within one business day of your receipt of the documents.

Your personal information has been collected by the Department as a result of your correspondence, and will be used in order to process your FOI request. Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. The Department’s privacy policy is available at www.dfat.gov.au and contains information about access to or correction of your personal information, and how you may complain about a breach of your privacy.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on (02) 6261 1701, or by return email.

Please note a copy of this email has been sent to Ms Indra McCormick, Director, Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section.

Yours sincerely

Lindy Judge

Executive Officer– FOI and Privacy Law Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Corporate Legal Branch    E | [email address]
Legal  Division                  T | +61 2 6261 1701

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Attachment MOLLOY decision letter signed.pdf
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Dear Mr Molloy,
Please find attached the decision letter for your FOI request dated 11 June 2014.

Regards,

Lindy

Assistant Director– FOI and Privacy Law Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Corporate Legal Branch    E | [email address]
Legal  Division                  T | +61 2 6261 1111

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