Properties rented in Tandai, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Edward Kerrigan made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

I am seeking copies of the following documents:

- Rental agreements or leases in respect of properties rented or leased by DFAT in Tandai, Honiara, Solomon Islands in calendar years 2013 - 2016;
- Documents evidencing rent or lease payments paid by DFAT in respect of such properties during the period 2013- 2016

Yours faithfully,

Edward Kerrigan

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UNCLASSIFIED

 

FOI Reference: LEX 393

 

Dear Mr Kerrigan

 

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 20 August 2019 in which you seek access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

 

“- Rental agreements or leases in respect of properties rented or leased
by DFAT in Tandai, Honiara, Solomon Islands in calendar years 2013 - 2016;

- Documents evidencing rent or lease payments paid by DFAT in respect of
such properties during the period 2013- 2016”.

 

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processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

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documents relevant to your request.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

DFAT FOI Team

___________________________________

FOI and Privacy Law Section

Corporate Law Branch

Legal Division

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: FOI
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UNCLASSIFIED
 
FOI Ref: LEX 393
Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request
 
I refer to your current FOI request seeking:
 
- Rental agreements or leases in respect of properties rented or leased by
DFAT in Tandai, Honiara, Solomon Islands in calendar years 2013 - 2016;
- Documents evidencing rent or lease payments paid by DFAT in respect of
such properties during the period 2013- 2016
 
I am writing to inform you that the Department needs to consult with the
Australian Embassy in Honiara on documents authored by them.  To allow the
Department sufficient time to review the documents relevant to your
request, I would be grateful for your agreement to extend the processing
period by 30 days until 25 October 2019, as allowed for under section
15AA of the FOI Act. 
 
If we are not in receipt of your response by cob 17 September 2019, we
intend to seek an extension of time from the OAIC under section 15AB of
the FOI Act.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
DFAT FOI TEAM
 

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear DFAT FOI Team,

Thank you for you email.

I note that you have provided no explanation as to why my request is either complex or voluminous within the meaning of section 15AB. It is difficult to see how the need for internal consultations renders it so.

Accordingly, I do not agree to your request for an extension.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Kerrigan

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Mr Kerrigan

 

Thank you for your email.

 

To clarify, the Department has sought an extension of time from you under
section 15AA of the FOI. This extension is sought to facilitate
consultations with our Australian Embassy in Honiara. The FOI Act does not
require the Department to set out reasons regarding complexity or volume
in seeking such an extension.

 

If you do not agree to an extension under s 15AA of the FOI Act by COB
Thursday 19 September 2019, the Department will seek an extension of time
from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner under s 15AB of
the FOI Act on the basis of complexity.

 

The material captured by your request directly engages the interests of
the Australian Embassy in Honiara. It is therefore necessary for the
Department to consult with the Embassy to understand sensitivities and
identify relevant documents. Further, your request has captured third
party information which requires careful consideration in regards to
personal privacy. Your request also requires the Department to identify
properties rented by the Department and consider associated sensitivities.

 

 

DFAT FOI Team

___________________________________

FOI and Privacy Law Section

Corporate Law Branch

Legal Division

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

www.dfat.gov.au

 

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear DFAT FOI Team,

Thank you for your message.

By way of clarification of my request, please note that I do not require the names of the landlords of the relevant properties, nor do I require personal information of the landlords (e.g. their bank details, should they be contained in rental receipts). However, I do require information concerning the amount of rent paid.

I remain of the view that my request is not a complex one, but am prepared to agree to an extension of three weeks until 16 October 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Kerrigan

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear DFAT FOI Team,

By way of further clarification, please also note that I do not require the addresses of the properties if that is sensitive.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Kerrigan

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