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Senate Estimates Briefs

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From: Julie


Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

As part of the recent Senate Estimate hearings, which senior executives of the Department appeared before, the Department prepared a series of briefs and talking point packages for those appearing to refer to, and quote from, during proceedings

I request, under FOI, copy of these briefs. While some of the contents would have been repeated by those subject to questioning by the Senate Estimates Committee, not everything briefed on gets said, as it is decided by what the Committee members ask, not what those being questioned wish for.

I note that as briefing material for Senate Estimates is all prepared on the basis it may be stated during these public proceedings, clearance for FOI release should be reasonably straightforward, and given the recency of Senate Estimates, should be able to be quickly located.



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To the Department of Veterans' Affairs (Information Law area)

I would highlight the unprofessional bad faith behaviour by Veterans’ Affairs, in repeatedly forcing decisions to deemed status, then continuing to ignore the Department’s obligation to provide a decision notice, should be avoided here, as it is frankly becoming not only unlawful but deeply odious.

I note that the Department has failed to comply with s 15(5)(a) and seems intent on creating yet another deemed refusal through malicious intent. It is simply untenable for a Department to act this way.



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Department of Veterans' Affairs

Good morning.

Please see to the following.


Linda Liu
Assistant Information Access Officer
National Information Access Processing Team (NIAPT)
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Tel : (02) 9213 7629 Fax: (02) 9213 7400

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Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Julie,


Acknowledgement of FOI Request – FOI 25907


I refer to your request to access information held by our Department under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).  The Department received
your request on 15 November 2018. In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of
the FOI Act, the Department has 30 days to process your request. As such,
a decision on your request is due by 17 December 2018.


We apologise for not formally acknowledging your request within 14 days.


If you have any questions about your FOI matter, please contact us using
the following details:


Post: Legal Services & Assurance, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [1][email address]


In all communications please quote reference FOI 25907.


Kind Regards,


Information Law Team



Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2601

E: [2][email address]




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