Records and communications between the Immigration Minister, Lady Cliento Children's Hospital and lawyers/advocates for the family of asylum seeker baby Asha

Fern McNulty made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

From: Fern McNulty

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

As a Macleay College student journalist, and under the Freedom of Information act 1982, I would like to request access to all communication between the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office with Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical condition during the time she was in care (release date 22nd February 2016). Additionally, I am requesting to see any proposed plan or adaptations after the precedent expedited by Asha and her circumstances in reference to her future placement in either offshore or community detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or the lawyers and advocates for Asha's family.

Yours faithfully,

Fern McNulty

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FOI Request:       FA 16/03/00104

File Number:       ADF2016/9672

 

Dear Ms McNulty

 

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

 

We refer to an access request received under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (the FOI Act) on 26 February 2016 seeking access to:

 

'all communication between the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office
with Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical
condition during the time she was in care (release date 22nd February
2016). Additionally, I am requesting to see any proposed plan or
adaptations after the precedent expedited by Asha and her circumstances in
reference to her future placement in either offshore or community
detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or the lawyers and advocates for Asha's
family.'

 

Your request has been allocated FOI request number FA 16/03/00104.  Please
include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of
Information Section. 

 

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Our references: FA 16/01/00104;  ADF2016/9672

 

Dear Ms McNulty,

 

Re: Your Freedom of Information request

 

I am writing to inform you that I have been appointed as the contact
officer for your FOI request, seeking access to:

 

I would like to request access to all communication between the
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office with Lady Cilento Children's
Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical condition during the time she
was in care (release date 22nd February 2016). Additionally, I am
requesting to see any proposed plan or adaptations after the precedent
expedited by Asha and her circumstances in reference to her future
placement in either offshore or community detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or
the lawyers and advocates for Asha's family

 

As part of the Department’s FOI service standard, I will update you every
14 days regarding the progress of your request, however please do not
hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or wish to discuss the
request in the interim.

 

Regards

 

Shannon Bevan

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [1][email address].au 

 

 

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Our references: FA 16/03/00104; ADF2016/9672

 

Dear Ms McNulty,

 

I am writing regarding the FOI Request submitted to the Department on 2
March 2016 for the following:

 

I would like to request access to all communication between the
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office with Lady Cilento Children's
Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical condition during the time she
was in care (release date 22nd February 2016). Additionally, I am
requesting to see any proposed plan or adaptations after the precedent
expedited by Asha and her circumstances in reference to her future
placement in either offshore or community detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or
the lawyers and advocates for Asha's family

 

I have been appointed as the contact officer for your request.

 

Given the passage of time since you request was received, could you please
confirm by close of business tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July 2016, if you wish
to still proceed with this request?

 

Kind Regards

Shannon

 

Shannon Bevan

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

P: 02 6264 4667

E: [1][email address].au 

Please note I do not work on Tuesdays.

 

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Our references: FA 16/03/00104; ADF2016/9672

 

Dear Ms McNulty,

 

This email refers to your FOI request received on 2 March 2016 seeking
access to:

 

I would like to request access to all communication between the
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office with Lady Cilento Children's
Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical condition during the time she
was in care (release date 22nd February 2016). Additionally, I am
requesting to see any proposed plan or adaptations after the precedent
expedited by Asha and her circumstances in reference to her future
placement in either offshore or community detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or
the lawyers and advocates for Asha's family

 

Please see the attached s.24AB notice.

 

Consultation period

The FOI Act requires that you respond to this notice before the end of the
consultation period, which is close of business Thursday, 8 September
2016.

 

You may consult with me by replying to this email: [1][email address]

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Shannon Bevan

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [2][email address

 

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Our references: FA 16/03/00104; ADF2016/9672

 

Dear Ms McNulty,

 

Thank you for your FOI request received on 2 March 2016 for:

 

As a Macleay College student journalist, and under the Freedom of
Information act 1982, I would like to request access to all communication
between the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office with Lady Cilento
Children's Hospital in regards to baby Asha's medical condition during the
time she was in care (release date 22nd February 2016). Additionally, I am
requesting to see any proposed plan or adaptations after the precedent
expedited by Asha and her circumstances in reference to her future
placement in either offshore or community detention, by Mr. Dutton and/or
the lawyers and advocates for Asha's family

 

Purpose of this email

I am writing to you about the s.24AB notice that I sent to you on 25
August 2016. The consultation period under the FOI Act expired at close
of business on 8 September 2016. As you did not respond to me by the end
of the consultation period, your request is deemed to have been withdrawn
by the operation of the FOI Act (s.24AB (6) and (7)).

 

The attached letter provides more detail.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Shannon Bevan

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

E: [1][email address

 

 

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the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you have received
this email by mistake, please advise the sender and delete the message and
attachments immediately.  This email, including attachments, may contain
confidential, sensitive, legally privileged and/or copyright information.
 

Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information
by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. 
DIBP respects your privacy and has obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.
 

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