Senate Estimates brief for Secretary Halton

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The FOI Coördinator
Legal Services Branch
Department of Finance
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PARKES ACT 2600

Dear FOI Coördinator,

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Briefing notes for testimony by Secretary Halton to Senate Estimates
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I request a copy of the briefing documents prepared for Secretary Halton to inform her testimony on 20 November 2014 to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee.

I request only documents that refer, directly or indirectly to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and of such documents, only those parts of the documents that relate directly or indirectly to the OGP, including the possibility of Australia joining the OGP. This request is intended to encompass documents that were prepared for the stated purpose whether or not they were relied on or actually used by Secretary Halton in her testimony.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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Dear Mr Diamond,

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI14/166

Thank you for your email to the Department of Finance (Finance) 
requesting access to the following under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act).

 

I request a copy of the briefing documents prepared for Secretary Halton
to inform her testimony on 20 November 2014 to the Senate Finance and
Public Administration Legislation Committee.

 

I request only documents that refer, directly or indirectly to the Open
Government Partnership (OGP) and of such documents, only those parts of
the documents that relate directly or indirectly to the OGP, including the
possibility of Australia joining the OGP. This request is intended to
encompass documents that were prepared for the stated purpose whether or
not they were relied on or actually used by Secretary Halton in her
testimony.

 

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Good morning Mr Diamond,

 

Please see attached, decision and document relating to your FOI request
(our reference number FOI14/166).

 

Regards,

[1]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [2][email address]

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From: Mark R. Diamond

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The FOI Coördinator
Legal Services Branch
Department of Finance
John Gorton Building
King Edward Terrace
PARKES ACT 2600

Dear FOI Coördinator,

Re my Request for briefing notes for testimony by Secretary Halton to Senate Estimates
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I refer to the recent letter to me from Ms Sharyn Clarkson giving her decision to give me access to a document relevant to my request. My reason for writing is both the thank you for the document but also to request clarification about something that is not stated in the letter.

Implicit in the statement by Ms Clarkson that she has decided to release a document, and implicit in the list of documents in Attachment A of her letter, is the notion that the released document was the only document that was identified as being relevant to my request. Please could you confirm that that was indeed the only relevant document, or tell me what documents were identified but not released.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

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Department of Finance (Finance).  We have received your email and will
endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

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Hi Mark

The document released to you was the only relevant document within the scope of your request.

Regards,

Chak

FOI Officer
Corporate Services Division | Legal Services Branch Department of Finance
T: 02 6215 1783 | E: [Finance request email]  

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