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Dear Department of Health,

Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms face masks reduce the spread of covid-19 both indoors and outdoors.

Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms lockdowns reduce the spread of covid-19

Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms social distancing reduces the spread of covid-19

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Lewis

FOI, Department of Health

Good evening

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT AND REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) received your request on 1 September 2021 for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) being:

Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms face masks reduce the spread of covid-19 both indoors and outdoors.
Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms lockdowns reduce the spread of covid-19
Please provide the peer reviewed scientific evidence that confirms social distancing reduces the spread of covid-19

The statutory timeframe for processing your request is 30 calendar days within which a decision on access to the requested documents is to be notified. The department may impose a charge for the work involved in providing access to the documents.  If this request attracts a charge you will be notified in writing.

Unless you advise otherwise, draft and duplicate documents, along with Commonwealth employee names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

Request for extension of time 
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the department is dealing with a very high volume of FOI requests. To ensure the department can process your request in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act, including locating and providing access to all relevant documents, the department would be grateful if you would agree to an extension of 30 calendar days for processing your request.  If you agree, the department will endeavour to provide a decision to you by 31 October 2021.

Please contact the department by 4 September 2021 with your decision to the 30 day extension of processing time.

You can contact the FOI Unit via email at [email address], should you have any questions.
Kind regards

Team Leader - Freedom of Information
Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal and Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group
Australian Government Department of Health
GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

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Dear FOI,

I do not accept your request for a 30 day extension
Please respond to this request within the initial 30 day terms

Yours sincerely,

Daniel

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request to the Department of Health.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI

 

FOI Unit – FOI and Legislation Support Section

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

E: [1][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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