Material apparent bias
Warrick Alexander made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources
Dear Department of Industry, Innovation and Science,
I would like to see all documents furnished to Incubator Support Programme Management by officers in the Legal, Audit and Assurance line area that include the date/time of document creation and the express suggestion of material apprehended/apparent bias/conflict on the part of [Name Hidden]/Tminus Accelerator Pty Ltd (the suggestion may be within an email body or in an attachment or a standalone document, whichever may be the case).
Please do redact all third parties, staff names under SES level, and content that may be under legal privilege by leaving only the dates/times visible.
Dear Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources,
For clarity, to qualify as the correct document, it must contain the suggestion that the bias is material and apprehended/apparent.
Material can be expressed in any terms to that effect.
Dear Mr Alexander
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department)
has received your Freedom of Information request of 13 February 2021
I am writing on behalf of the department to acknowledge receipt of your
Currently, a decision is due to you by 16 March 2021. However, this
timeline may be affected by the requirement to undertake consultation with
affected third parties, or if the department determines you are liable to
pay a charge in relation to your request. You will be notified by the
department if charges are liable or if a third party consultation is
Confirmation of Scope - personal information
For documents that fall within the scope of the request, it is the
practice of the department to withhold:
o the names, signatures and contact details of junior staff; that is:
o Commonwealth staff who are not in the Senior Executive Service
o Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff; and
o the mobile phone numbers of SES officers.
The names and other details of SES officers will be released unless the
information is exempt from disclosure.
Confirmation from you that you are not seeking 'personal information'
(i.e. the names and contact details of any individuals, or any information
that could reasonably identify an individual) may enable a more timely and
cost effective processing of your request.
Therefore, could you please confirm if you are happy to exclude personal
information in the documents relating to:
o Commonwealth staff; and
o third party individuals other than Mr Smith.
If you are seeking access to specific types of personal information, could
you please specify. If you are not seeking access to any personal
information, you can simply reply to this email with 'no personal
Responding to this email
Could you please provide the above clarification at your earliest
convenience, but by no later than 26 February 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the department’s FOI Team by
email at [email address].
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