Pollution levels from 2006 through 2016 for the Murray River
Andrew Demetriou made this Freedom of Information request to Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
The request was refused by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
From: Andrew Demetriou
Dear Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,
My name is Andrew Demetriou and I am studying a diploma of journalism. For our data collection assignment I have chosen to write about Fracking. We are required to lodge a freedom of information request. I do not mind if the information I request is already online somewhere, but I have to go through the FOI process properly. I will most likely write about how Victoria has placed a moratorium on Fracking and the reasons why other state and country examples may consider doing the same. (This will not be an opinion piece and both arguments will be heard equally.
Yours faithfully, Andrew Demetriou - [email address]
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
My apologies for the delay in responding to your email.
Unfortunately the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) FOI Act, does not apply to documents publicly available.
However, for the purposes of you assignment, you can lodge a FOI request and I will formally process (and then reject it) on the grounds that the documents are publicly available. Will this be sufficient for your purposes?
You could, for example seek "A copy of the journal article by CSIRO entitled Environmental issues associated with coal seam gas recovery; managing the fracking boom". This is publicly available, but to assist your assignment I could process the request.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you require any further assistance.
Legal Counsel, CSIRO
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