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Order of Australia cancellations/resignations

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I am seeking 3 documents.

The Order of Australia has a number of different levels or divisions e.g. OAM = Medal of the Order of Australia, AM = Member of the Order of Australia.

1. I am seeking a document containing the total number of recipients by category since the award was established in 1975 or one from which this information could reasonably be derived.

To my understanding the Governor General may cancel an award of Order of Australia. Alternatively, a recipient may resign from their membership to the Order, which is the equivalent of handing back their award.

2. In relation to the cancellation of the award by the Governor General, I am seeking a document containing the following information:
a. Name
b. Date of award
c. Date of cancellation

3. In relation to resignation, I am seeking the same information:
a. Name
b. Date of award
c. Date of cancellation

Please advise if you need me to narrow the scope of my request.

Yours faithfully,

faustus

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Dear faustus

 

I write in relation to your email dated 26 March 2020 to the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) in which you made a
request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) in the
following terms:

 

I am seeking 3 documents.

 

The Order of Australia has a number of different levels or divisions e.g.
OAM = Medal of the Order of Australia, AM = Member of the Order of
Australia.

 

1. I am seeking a document containing the total number of recipients by
category since the award was established in 1975 or one from which this
information could reasonably be derived.

 

To my understanding the Governor General may cancel an award of Order of
Australia. Alternatively, a recipient may resign from their membership to
the Order, which is the equivalent of handing back their award.

 

2. In relation to the cancellation of the award by the Governor General, I
am seeking a document containing the following information:

                a. Name

                b. Date of award

                c. Date of cancellation

 

3. In relation to resignation, I am seeking the same information:

                a. Name

                b. Date of award

                c. Date of cancellation

 

Section 16(1) of the FOI Act provides that where a request is made to an
agency for access to a document and:

                     (a)  the document is not in the possession of that
agency but is, to the knowledge of that agency, in the possession of
another agency; or

                     (b)  the subject-matter of the document is more
closely connected with the functions of another agency than with those of
the agency to which the request is made;

the agency to which the request is made may, with the agreement of the
other agency, transfer the request to the other agency.

 

In accordance with section 16(1) of the FOI Act, the Department requested
transfer of the request to the Office of the Official Secretary to the
Governor-General (OOSGG). The OOSGG has accepted the transfer of your
request and would be in contact with you directly.

 

Kind regards,

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
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Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

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