Local Councils rationale on supporting Palestine

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am submitting a comprehensive request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for the disclosure of information concerning the Merri-bek City Council’s discussions and actions on several key matters. Specifically, I am seeking access to:

1. All correspondence, including emails, letters, and memoranda, exchanged between executives and councillors discussing the Gaza crisis.
2. Records of meetings, minutes, or reports related to discussions and decisions made by the council regarding the Gaza crisis.
3. All instances of antisemitic comments made by staff, executives, councillors, and residents, with details of the comments and actions taken by the council in response.
4. Correspondence, including extracts from secure chat applications such as WhatsApp, between councillors, the CEO, and executives concerning the Gaza crisis.
5. All correspondence, including emails, letters, and memoranda, discussing the decision to raise the Palestinian flag.
6. Records of meetings, minutes, or reports related to the decision-making process and discussions leading to the raising of the Palestinian flag.
7. Any communication between executives, councillors, and staff regarding the logistics, public response, and any associated costs of raising the Palestinian flag.
8. Documents outlining the council’s official stance, policies, or guidelines related to the display of flags, specifically the Palestinian flag.
9. All correspondence, including emails, letters, and memoranda, discussing the council’s support for Hamas.
10. Records of meetings, minutes, or reports related to discussions and decisions made by the council regarding support for Hamas.
11. Any documentation outlining the council’s stance or policies on supporting organisations, specifically Hamas.
12. Information related to the awareness and consideration of potential breaches of the Criminal Code Act 1995 and Division 102 in the council’s support for Hamas.
13. All financial records related to security measures for the protection of staff and councillors who voted against the raising of the Palestinian flag.
14. Financials and time allocations related to the council’s support for Hamas, including expenses covered by ratepayers.
15. Records of discussions or decisions made concerning Jewish residents and businesses in the municipality, including any financial implications.

I understand that certain information may be sensitive or confidential, and I request that any redactions be clearly justified in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If possible, please provide the information in electronic format.

I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to a timely response within the statutory timeframe stipulated by the Freedom of Information Act. Should there be any fees associated with processing this request, please inform me in advance.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Info@Merri-bek,

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Dear applicant,
Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Unfortunately, you have not provided us with enough information to validate and process your request. Would you please email us via [email address] and provide us with your name and contact details, or your name and the name and address of the company or incorporated association you represent (if applicable).

Thanking you,

Merri-bek City Council

Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and
waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek. We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as
to all First Nations communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the prompt response to our Freedom of Information (FOI) request. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

In light of your request for additional information to validate and process our FOI request, we want to assure you of our full cooperation within the bounds of relevant legislation. While maintaining our preference for anonymity, we are prepared to provide any necessary details that align with the requirements of applicable legislation.

In addition to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), we would like to draw attention to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which outlines principles concerning the collection and handling of personal information. We believe that our request aligns with the principles of privacy and data protection outlined in this legislation.

Furthermore, we appreciate your understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality, and we trust that collaboration will ensure the processing of our FOI request is in compliance with any relevant federal or local laws and guidelines.

If there are specific legal requirements or questions that need clarification, please feel free to communicate them.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

SubNAC

Dear FOI,

See previous response below.

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for the prompt response to our Freedom of Information (FOI) request. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

In light of your request for additional information to validate and process our FOI request, we want to assure you of our full cooperation within the bounds of relevant legislation. While maintaining our preference for anonymity, we are prepared to provide any necessary details that align with the requirements of applicable legislation.

In addition to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), we would like to draw attention to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which outlines principles concerning the collection and handling of personal information. We believe that our request aligns with the principles of privacy and data protection outlined in this legislation.

Furthermore, we appreciate your understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality, and we trust that collaboration will ensure the processing of our FOI request is in compliance with any relevant federal or local laws and guidelines.

If there are specific legal requirements or questions that need clarification, please feel free to communicate them.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

SubNAC
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Yours sincerely,

SubNAC

Dear applicant, thank you for your email.

As previously advised, Council does not have enough information to validate and process your request. In accordance with Section 17 of the FOI Act 1982 (VIC), you must pay an application fee of $31.80 to validate your request. Alternatively, you can provide proof of concession for an application fee waiver.

Would you please email us at [email address] with your name and contact details, or with your name, and the name and address of the company/incorporated organisation you represent (if applicable), so that an invoice can be raised for your application fee.

Thanking you

Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and
waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek. We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as
to all First Nations communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your swift response. In order to expedite payment, we propose utilising a money order without the inclusion of personal identifiers. Kindly provide the necessary details, including a reference number for tracking purposes.

In consideration of privacy, it’s worth noting Section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), which underscores the significance of ensuring applicant anonymity. We appreciate your commitment to complying with relevant legislation and anticipate a smooth processing of our request.

Looking forward to your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

SubNAC

Dear Moreland City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Moreland City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Local Councils rationale on supporting Palestine'.

It has come to my attention that the response time has been significantly prolonged, leading to suspicions of intentional delay and the potential for tampering with or erasing evidence.

As a concerned member of the community, I value transparency and accountability in governance. The FOI process is essential for ensuring access to information and upholding democratic principles. However, the prolonged delay in responding to my request raises serious questions about the council’s commitment to these principles.

I urge the council to prioritize transparency and promptly provide a thorough response to my FOI request. Any further delays or lack of transparency will only fuel concerns about the integrity of the process and raise doubts about the council’s willingness to comply with legal obligations.

I trust that the council will take this matter seriously and act swiftly to address my concerns.

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

Yours faithfully,

SubNAC

Dear applicant, thank you for your email.

 

As previously advised, Council does not have enough information to
validate and process your request. Merri-bek Council is an agency under
the Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982, not the Commonwealth
Freedom of Information Act 1982. There are no provisions for an ‘internal
review’ under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (VIC). (FOI Act).

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, Council requires more information to
determine eligibility to under Section 13 - Right of Access, prior to
issuing an invoice.

 

Section 13 is as follows:

 

13 Right of access

Subject to this Act, every person has a legally enforceable right to
obtain access in accordance with this Act to—

(a) a document of an agency, other than an exempt document; or

(b) an official document of a Minister, other than an exempt document.

 

A ‘person’ is defined in section 38 of the Interpretation of Legislation
Act 1984 as follows:

o “person” includes a ‘body politic or corporate as well as an
individual’

 

An “individual” is further defined in section 38 as follows:

o "individual" means a natural person

 

A natural person is commonly taken to refer to an individual human being.
You have provided insufficient information to demonstrate you are applying
as a person or a body politic or corporate, as defined in Section 38 of
the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984, for the purpose of Section 13
of the FOI Act and are therefore ineligible to make a request. I am
inviting you to provide further information and/or documentation in
support of you as a person, body politic or corporate.

 

Would you please email us via [1][email address] and provide us
with your name and contact details, or your name and the name and address
of the company or incorporated organisation that you represent (if
applicable).

 

Please note that in the interests of transparency, Council has published
information regarding its position on the war in Gaza, on its website.
This may provide the information you are seeking without the need for a
formal FOI request. This information can be accessed via the following
links:

 

[2]Outcome from November 8 Council meeting—motion on the War in Gaza
(merri-bek.vic.gov.au)

[3]Council Meeting decision on flying the Palestinian Flag
(merri-bek.vic.gov.au)

[4]Council Statement (merri-bek.vic.gov.au)

[5]Council meeting minutes and past agendas (merri-bek.vic.gov.au)
(November 2023 agenda and minutes)

 

Thanking you

 

FOI Officer

 

 

Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as
the Traditional Custodians of the lands and

waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek. We pay respect to their
Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as

to all First Nations communities who significantly contribute to the life
of the area.

.

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your prompt response and for clarifying the process further.

I apologise for any confusion regarding the jurisdiction under which the request falls. We appreciate your guidance on this matter. To ensure compliance and expedite the process, we are providing the necessary information for validation.

Name: John Smith
Contact Details: Pascoe vale south

We understand the importance of providing accurate information to facilitate the FOI process and are committed to cooperating fully. Additionally, we acknowledge the links you provided to publicly available information related to the Gaza conflict. While these resources are helpful, our request seeks specific documentation and correspondence that may not be covered in the publicly available materials.

We assure you that we are not automated responders but actual individuals seeking information through the appropriate channels.

Once again, we thank you for your attention to this matter and look forward to a timely response.

Yours sincerely,

SubNAC