Obama's G20 accommodation invoices / receipts

Culley Palmer made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet did not have the information requested.

From: Culley Palmer

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Dear Department of Finance,

I hereby request access, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982,
to:

Copies of all invoices and receipts for US President Barack Obama's accommodation during his visit to Australia for the 2014 G20 World Leaders Summit.

I request that all costs for all aspects of the processing of this
request be waived on the grounds that the release of this
information is in the public interest.

Regards,

Culley Palmer

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Dear Mr Palmer,

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI15/26

Thank you for your email, dated 24 February 2015, to the Department of
Finance (Finance) requesting access to the following under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

 

Copies of all invoices and receipts for US President Barack Obama's
accommodation during his visit to Australia for the 2014 G20 World Leaders
Summit.

 

As the subject matter of the requested documents is more closely connected
with the functions of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
(PM&C), they have confirmed that they are better placed to process your
request.  As such, Finance has transferred your request, in full, to PM&C
under section 16 of the FOI Act. 

 

Please direct all future enquires regarding the above request to
[1][email address]

 

Regards,

[2]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [email address]

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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Culley Palmer left an annotation ()

Dear Right To Know,

Dept of Finance have transferred my request to DPMC. Will replies I sent go on to DPMC automatically or just to Dept of Finance? How should I go about this?

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hey Culley,

It depends. If you reply to a specific inbound email from the agency, it will go back to that email address. If you simply write a reply, it goes to the email address that we have for the agency you selected.

I have moved this request from the Department of Finance to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on this occasion :)

Cheers,

Ben

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FOI/2015/049

 

Dear Mr Palmer

 

I refer to your email dated 24 February 2015 in which you made a request
to the Department of Finance under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(the FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

Copies of all invoices and receipts for US President Barack Obama's
accommodation during his visit to Australia for the 2014 G20 World Leaders
Summit.

 

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) accepted
transfer of your request under section 16 of the FOI Act from the
Department of Finance on 27 February 2015.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

Under section 16 of the FOI Act your request is taken to have been
received by the Department of the Prime Minister an Cabinet at the time it
was received by the Department of Finance.  Finance received your request
on 24 February 2015 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 26 March 2015.  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.

 

Publication of documents

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
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certain exceptions. If you think you might wish to raise any 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.

 

Exclusion of officers’ names and contact details

 

It is the Department’s policy to withhold the names and contact details of
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES) as well as the mobile
or direct numbers of SES officers within the Department and other agencies
contained within documents that fall within scope of the request. The
names and other details of departmental or agency SES officers will not be
withheld unless there is some reason for that information to be exempt
from release. If you require the names and contact details of non-SES
officers or the mobile or 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.

 

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
the Australian Information Commissioner at
[4]http://www.oaic.gov.au/foi-portal/about_....

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. 02 6271 5849

e. [5][DPMC request email]

[6]www.pmc.gov.au

PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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Dear Mr Palmer

 

Please find attached the decision on your FOI request to the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

Access and Administrative Review Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. 02 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email]

[2]www.pmc.gov.au

PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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