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P Johns made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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From: P Johns

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Dear ABC

I am requesting all communications between Ita Butrose and ABC managing director David Anderson and Nine chief executive Hugh Marks and News Corp Australia chairman Michael Miller regarding freedom of the press and AFP search warrants on journalists from 4 June 2019 till 31 July 2019. These communications include emails, letters, sms and messaging apps etc

Yours faithfully,

P Johns

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Johns

 

Thank you for your email requesting access to documents under the Freedom
of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

 

I note you have requested all documents containing:

 

“…communications between Ita Buttrose and ABC managing director David
Anderson and Nine chief executive Hugh Marks and News Corp Australia
chairman Michael Miller regarding freedom of the press and AFP search
warrants on journalists from 4 June 2019 till 31 July 2019. These
communications include emails, letters, sms and messaging apps etc”

 

Can you please clarify if you are looking for communications between Ita
Buttrose and David Anderson regarding the AFP search warrants, as well as
any communications they may have had with either Hugh Marks or Michael
Miller?

 

Once you have clarified your request, you will be sent a formal
acknowledgement and the 30-day processing period will begin.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss.

 

Kind regards

Juliana

 

[1]ABC Juliana Walsh
FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor
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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the
First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

 

From: P Johns [mailto:[FOI #5549 email]]
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 9:15 PM
To: FOI ABC <[ABC request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Press freedom messages

 

Dear ABC

I am requesting all communications between Ita Butrose and ABC managing
director David Anderson and Nine chief executive Hugh Marks and News Corp
Australia chairman Michael Miller regarding freedom of the press and AFP
search warrants on journalists from 4 June 2019 till 31 July 2019. These
communications include emails, letters, sms and messaging apps etc

Yours faithfully,

P Johns

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From: P Johns

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Dear Juliana Walsh,

Yes your clarification of my request is correct. I am requesting communications between Ita 
Buttrose and David Anderson regarding the AFP search warrants, as well as 
any communications they may have had with either Hugh Marks or Michael 
Miller in relation to the AFP search warrants.

 

Yours sincerely,

P Johns

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear P Johns

 

Reference: ABC FOI 201920-011

 

Many thanks for your response, clarifying your request for documents under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

 

I note you have requested access to documents containing:

 

“Communications between Ita Buttrose and David Anderson regarding the AFP
search warrants, as well as any communications they may have had with
either Hugh Marks or Michael Miller in relation to the AFP search
warrants, between 4 June 2019 and 31 July 2019 inclusive. These
communications include emails, letters, sms and messaging apps etc.”

 

The 30-day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the
day after your application was clarified being 15 August 2019. Subject to
any suspension of the processing period or extension of the time for
deciding this application, the ABC is required to make a determination in
relation to this application by 13 September 2019.

 

Please note that the ABC is required by the FOI Act to publish accessed
information on its website within 10 working days after the release of the
documents to the FOI applicant.

You should also be aware that by making an FOI request, you may be
providing personal information to the ABC. The ABC will manage any such
information in accordance with the ABC’s Privacy Policy. Details of that
policy are available on the ABC’s website:
[1]http://about.abc.net.au/abc-privacy-poli.... Please note that personal
information (such as your name) may be disclosed in the course of
processing this request, for instance for the purposes of consultation or
internal reporting.

Your request will be considered and you will be provided with a decision
as soon as practicable.

Kind regards
Juliana

 

[2]ABC Juliana Walsh
FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor
[3]http://www.abc.net.au/corp/email_newslet...
P +61 2 8333 5304
E [email address]
[4]http://www.abc.net.au/corp/enter/img/bra...
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the
First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we
live, learn and work.

 

 

 

 

From: P Johns [mailto:[FOI #5549 email]]
Sent: Wednesday, 14 August 2019 6:51 AM
To: Juliana Walsh <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Press freedom messages
[ABC-Legal.FID60214]

 

Dear Juliana Walsh,

Yes your clarification of my request is correct. I am requesting
communications between Ita 
Buttrose and David Anderson regarding the AFP search warrants, as well as 
any communications they may have had with either Hugh Marks or Michael 
Miller in relation to the AFP search warrants.

 

Yours sincerely,

P Johns

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From: P Johns

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Dear Juliana Walsh,

Noting the 13 September 2019 legislated deadline to reply I am writing to see when the ABC will respond? It appears a quite straight forward request and shouldnt cause any undue delay.

Yours sincerely,

P Johns

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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dear P Johns

 

FOI REQUEST – REFERENCE NUMBER ABC FOI 201920-011

 

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).  

I have taken reasonable steps to identify and retrieve all documents
relevant to your request, and as a result of those searches, one document
has been sent to us for assessment.

In my view, that document contains information about a person or persons
who might reasonably wish to make a contention that the documents are
conditionally exempt under section 47F (personal privacy) or 47G (business
information) of the FOI Act, and that access to that document would, on
balance, be contrary to the public interest for the purposes of section
11A(5).

In those circumstances, I am required to give the relevant individual or
individuals a reasonable opportunity to make submissions in support of
such a contention, and to have regard to any submissions that are made.

The ABC was to have made a decision in this matter by 13 September 2019.
In accordance with section 15(6) of the FOI Act, the period of time to
notify you of a decision is extended by a further period of 30 days to
enable that consultation to occur. This means that, subject to any
suspension of the processing period or further extension of the time for
deciding this application, the ABC is required to make a determination in
relation to this application by 14 October 2019.

We will endeavour to have a decision in the matter to you as soon as
possible.

Kind regards
Juliana

[1]ABC Juliana Walsh
FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor
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E [2][email address]
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Islander peoples as the First Australians and
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From: Juliana Walsh
Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Attachment ABC FOI 201920 011 Decision 1562211 1.PDF.pdf
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Dear P Johns

 

Attached is the ABC’s decision in the matter FOI 201920-011, and the
document that has been released to you.

 

My sincere apologies for the delay in our response on this matter, which
is reflective of general delays the ABC is experiencing at the moment in
FOI processes due to an influx of requests, some large and/or complex, and
limited resourcing in this area.

 

Your patience is appreciated.

 

Kind regards

Juliana

 

 

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FOI and Corporate Governance Advisor
P +61 2 8333 5304 E [2][email address]
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