Removal/ revocation of the E&EC – Ethics and Conduct Committee by CASA in September 2016

Rob Cumming made this Freedom of Information request to Civil Aviation Safety Authority

The request was partially successful.

From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Civil Aviation Safety Authority,

The following documents are being sought for the purposes of the Freedom of information Act.

In relation to the Removal/ revocation of the E&EC – Ethics and Conduct Committee:

This committee was revoked/ abolished on/about 21st September 2016 in a meeting attended by Mr. Skidmore, Mr. Carmody and others of the senior management group of CASA.

I require:

1. All information relating to the reasoning for the decision;
2. The terms of reference for the decision;
3. The basis for the governance and effects on CASA by the removal;
4. How the decision made will affect the ethical conduct of CASA into the future;
5. How the committee functioned in the past.

All documents including but not limited to:
 Correspondence;
 File Notes;
 Meeting Notes;
 Internal Memo’s;
 Diary/ calendar entries;
 Telephone records;
 All data electronically collected, being by mobile phone, Dictaphone, tape recorder or mp3/4 recorder or other means
 E-mails;
 All database entries including entries into Sky Sentinel and AIRS;
 All supervisory staff records relating to the matter;
 If referred to the CASA Board, all related Board minutes, discussions and recommendations made to advise CASA as to direction for the Board in relation to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Cumming

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From: Anastasi, Adam
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Rob

I read para's 1-4 of your request to be seeking access to all documents relating to the abolition of the ECC. Please advise if that is not the case.

It is unclear what you seek in relation to para 5 - are you seeking just the ECC terms of reference? I await your reply.

Adam Anastasi Manager
Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1040
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au

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From: Anastasi, Adam
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Rob

I would appreciate a response to my email below by Monday.

Adam

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Anastasi, Adam,

I object to your undertaking of the internal review. Please place a more appropriate person on the task.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Anastasi, Adam
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Rob

Thanks. What is the basis of your objection?

Adam

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From: Anastasi, Adam
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Rob
Please ignore my last email - I am happy for you to liaise with David from here - but please clarify with him the terms of your request.

Adam

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Anastasi, Adam,

You are not the appropriate person for this given your previous CASA position as Head of Legal

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Good afternoon Rob,

Please advise regarding the terms of your request so I can process your request.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

Please advise what you require me to do to progress this application.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


Attachment RE Freedom of Information request Removal revocation of the E EC Ethics and Conduct Committee by CASA in September 2016 SEC UNCLASSIFIED.txt
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Good morning Rob,

Thanks for your enquiry.

Please see the attached email from Adam Anastasi dated 7 December.

We are seeking clarification of your request as stated in Adam's email. Once you clarify I will progress your request further.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

As I requested, I require the materials as requested.

I do not understand the convoluted language of Adam Anastasi

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Good afternoon Rob,

I refer to CASA's email of 7 December. You have not answered the questions posed but advised you do not understand the email. In any event, to progress your request, I advise CASA now reads your request to mean:

1. paragraphs 1-4 of your request is seeking access to all documents relating to the abolition of the ECC.

2. paragraph 5 is seeking a copy of the ECCs terms of reference (the terms of reference set out how the ECC was to function/ operate).

If this is not the case please advise as soon as possible. Your request will be taken to have been made as at today.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

Simply, "Please explain" what you mean. What Adam Anastasi says, makes no sense.

Please re-word the letter to make clear what Adam is asking.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Rob,

I understand your request to be that you are seeking access to (1) all documents regarding why the Committee was abolished; and (2) documentation stating the purpose and functioning of the Committee when it was functioning.

Hope this clarifies the request.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

That's it David, thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Thanks Rob,

We will proceed on that basis, and I will advise further regarding your request in the coming weeks.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Good morning Rob,

Please see attached preliminary estimate of charges for your FOI request.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

Hi, AM happy ??? with charge. No form though. Message left today.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Rob,

Good to talk this morning.

Please see attached formal charges letter with remittance form.

If you are unable to print and scan back to me with your credit card details, please provide them in a reply email.

Thanks again.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Advisory, Commercial and Legislative Drafting Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Gobbitt, David
Civil Aviation Safety Authority


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Good afternoon Rob,

Please find attached my decision letter and documents released in relation to your request.

Regards
David Gobbitt A/g Freedom of Information Coordinator Legal Advisory, Drafting and Procurement Section Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy Branch Civil Aviation Safety Authority

p: 02 6217 1281
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2606
www.casa.gov.au
   

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From: Rob Cumming

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Dear Gobbitt, David,

Thankyou for your attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Cumming

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