Department of Health
33 Charlotte Street
12 Jan 2021
Dear Queensland Health,
On 7 January 2021 you published information to the world at large, which stated amongst other things that,
1. "Genome sequencing has confirmed the Queensland case of COVID-19 has the UK variant."
2. "we know for sure this person has the UK variant of the virus" [statement by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer]
3. "Evidence shows that this variant is 70 percent more infectious than other strains." [statement by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer]
4. "come forward for testing immediately and isolate until they receive the results"
Please provide the information (which is of the nature of a public interest matter) which,
a) defines the specific "Genome sequencing" of the "UK variant of the virus".
b) defines the specific "Genome sequencing" of the none UK variant.
c) provides the "Evidence" that this variant is "70 percent more infectious" than other strains."
d) provides that a person's' positive' COVID-19 test result means the virus is in an "infectious" stage.
e) if in the unlikely event you do not answer point d) above, then provide the specific details of the test that is undertaken which provides that an individual is deemed as "infectious".
f) provides evidence that an asymptomatic person can and has transmitted COVID-19 to another person and that person tested positive and there were no other external factors involved.
g) provides the number of COVID-19 deaths in Queensland for 2019, please provide none aged-care related deaths separately. Do not include deaths that had other potential external factors.
h) provides the number of flu deaths in Queensland for 2019, please provide none aged-care related deaths separately. Do not include deaths that had other potential external factors.
Thank you for your enquiry
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Department of Health
33 Charlotte Street
12 Jan 2021
Thank you for your correspondence 12 January 2021, in response to a valid request for information issued in writing to the agency known as Queensland Health. I inform you that do not work for Queensland Health or any associated government entity. Relevantly, I am not aware that I have any obligations to Queensland Health and thus removing any presumptions you may have with respect to my status.
I note that my original valid information request (12 January 2021) relates specifically to your function of government. Therefore, I request that a waiver of all fees/charges is applied, as it is deemed necessary for such waivers to apply to all information that is a public interest matter. Relevantly, you are to acknowledge that this request relates specifically to the published advice (made available to the public) you have currently issued/advertised.
For clarity, I do not require any disclosure of personal privacy (such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc). I do not require any plans (building, planning), drawings, photographs, etc. Queensland Health to redact information (in part) as they feel their policy necessitates prior to presenting the required material requested. For ease, it will be acceptable for you to provide the information I requested in electronic form, should you choose.
To be clear, Queensland Health to state in writing if a waiver will not be applied to my valid written request issued 12 January 2021, otherwise, it will be presumed Queensland Health has waived any/all associated requested fees/charges and they will provide the specific information as I requested/require. Furthermore, I must insist that any/all of your responses are written in plain Standard English which must be clear, concise, and do not contain any ambiguity.
I look forward to receiving the information as I requested on 12 January 2021. Please make it known if you do not agree or understand with any of the above.
PS, If you are requesting my services in the form of my energy, time, labour, etc. then I advise you that in my private capacity, my time is precious to me and I will need to charge you a modest fee for my time and labour incurred. Therefore I request that you please make it known if you are requesting me to fill out your paperwork for you and how you intend to reimburse me for my services, upon which a schedule of fees will be forwarded to you for your consideration. If you do not make any written request, then it would not be unreasonable to assume that any claimed paperwork is not required for requesting public interest information from the agency known as Queensland Health.