Procedures for responding to Politifact

Mark Page 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: Mark Page

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

This is a FOIA request for any documents that describe policies and procedures for responding to fact-checking requests from Politifact.com.au, including informal memos and emails containing discussion on how best to respond to such fact-checking requests.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Page

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FOI/2013/055

Dear Mr Page,

Thank you for your email of28 May 2013, received by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) in which you made a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 in the following terms:

"...any documents that describe policies and procedures for responding to fact-checking requests from Politifact.com.au, including informal memos and emails containing discussion on how best to respond to such fact-checking requests."

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Regards

FOI Adviser
Legal Policy Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Phone: 02 6271 5849
Email: [DPMC request email]

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Dear Mr Page,

 

Please see the attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

 

Regards

 

FOI Adviser

Legal Policy Branch

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

Phone: 02 6271 5849

Email: [1][DPMC request email]

[2]Description: Description: Description: FOI design element

 

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