Senate Question #90 Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce

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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear Department of Parliamentary Services,

Can you please provide a copy of Senate Question #90 by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce on the 20 January 2014 by Senator Siewert.

I have looked on the parliamentary website and could not find it and called Parliament Services on the 17th March 2017 and they could not find it, nor could:

Joint Committee on Law Enforcement,

Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Senate Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates

Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission

It may seem unusual to request a Public Record through FOI but all attempts to locate an electronic copy of the document have failed. The only records of the document, mention that it is late and long overdue.

Can you please also provide any correspondence which comes with the Senate Question to the Department of Parliamentary Services or any and any inquiries/correspondence/phone calls, emails etc the Department makes to the Minister or his office, Senator Siewerts Office or other Offices to locate the document.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Presnell

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Good Morning Mr Adam Presnell,

 

As requested, Please find attached a copy of Question on Notice no. 90,
asked by Senator Siewert during the 44th Parliament, and the response
provided by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Barnaby Joyce on 17 February
2014.

 

To assist with further searches of Senate Questions on Notice, here is the
link to the Questions on Notice database on the APH website:

 

[1]http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Busi...

 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Table Office on 02 6277 3014 if you
require further assistance.

 

Regards

 

Shannon Armstrong | Assistant Journals and Notice Paper Officer

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Table Office  |  Department of the Senate

[3]www.aph.gov.au/senate

 

 

 

 

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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear Department of Parliamentary Services,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Parliamentary Services's handling of my FOI request 'Senate Question #90 Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce'.

Hello,

Thank-you for the answer to the question on notice. This was part of the information requested, the other information requested includes:

"Can you please also provide any correspondence which comes with the Senate Question to the Department of Parliamentary Services or any and any inquiries/correspondence/phone calls, emails etc the Department makes to the Minister or his office, Senator Siewerts Office or other Offices to locate the document."

This information has not been provided but was requested.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Adam Presnell

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From: DPS Information Requests
Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear Mr Presnell,

We acknowledge your request for an internal review as outlined below, received via email on 30 March 2017.

The information you requested was not DPS information and so it was not processed under the DPS Information Request Policy. As such, no right to internal review is available.

We understand that your request was responded to by the Senate Table Office on 23 March 2017, who were able to provide you access to the publically available Question on Notice and response (Document). We also understand that no additional information in regards to that Document is held by that Office.

If you have any further questions about the Document, please contact the Senate Table Office on the number previously provided.

Kind Regards
DPS Information Requests

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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear Department of Parliamentary Services &,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Parliamentary Services's handling of my FOI request 'Senate Question #90 Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce'.

I wish to be provided with emails, documents, correspondence etc, that shows when the Department received the information from Senator Joyces Office. The Senate Question has not been available on the public record up until this FOI request and information is sought documenting when the department received this information and the circumstances of its discovery.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Adam Presnell

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From: DPS Information Requests
Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear Mr Presnell,

We acknowledge your request for an internal review as outlined below, received via email on 21 April 2017.

As we advised you in our previous response dated 6 April 2017, the information you requested was not DPS information and so it was not processed under the DPS Information Request Policy. As such, no right to internal review is available. You were also advised that you should contact the Senate Table Office on the number previously provided to you if you had any further questions about the relevant document.

Please note that in light of the above, DPS now considers this matter finalised.

Regards
DPS Information Requests

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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear DPS Information Requests,

I do not consider this matter closed at all. I have requested under FOI information relating to how and when you received this Question on Notice. This is not to hard to provide. I would like to know when you received the document you supplied and any information that you have relating to it it including emails, registers showing that you receive the information etc.

It is expected that this information came to you someway and that this information had a record. I would like to know when you received this information. The Question on Notice did not appear on your website until the FOI request was made and it is thought that this is being covered up by your department, please provide this information as per the law. If you cannot provide it, it can be summonsed.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Presnell

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Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear Mr Presnell,

We acknowledge your email received below on 5 May 2017.

As we have previously advised you, your request was not Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) information and therefore was not processed under the DPS Information Requests Policy. You received the document from the Table Office in the Department of the Senate, which is a separate department to DPS.

DPS received the relevant document from the Table Office in the Department of the Senate at the same time you did (i.e. in the email to you on 23 March 2017).

We again advise that you direct your concerns regarding the document to the Senate Table Office via [email address].

As this is a Department of the Senate and not a DPS matter, DPS cannot assist you any further with your enquiries.

Regards
DPS Information Requests

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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear DPS Information Requests,

You claim in your last correspondence that the DPS who publishes the information received the information at the same time as i did in May 2017. This information was meant to be documented by the DPS at the time it was written, years earlier.

Can u please provide the correspondence that accompanied this Senate Question, including emails, letters etc? Can you please provide the request that you submitted to the Table Office in the Department of the Senate. These are your documents and you cannot legally send me to another department to access your documents.

I have seen how government coverups go and this is typical. If you have only just received this information, can you confirm that it was criminal of the Minister to not provide this information and please provide proof that this criminality has been forwarded to the DPP for prosecution.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Presnell

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From: DPS Information Requests
Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear Mr Presnell,

We acknowledge your email received below on 18 May 2017 regarding Senate Question#90 Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.

As we have previously advised you, your request did not relate to information held by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS). To assist you we have forwarded your email to the Table Office in the Department of the Senate (which as previously advised is a separate department to DPS), who will consider your enquiry and respond as appropriate.

Any further correspondence on this matter to you will be from the Table Office. If you have any further enquiries in relation to this matter please direct them to the Table Office via [email address]. We note that DPS will no longer respond to you in relation to this matter and any correspondence received will be forwarded to the appropriate area.

Regards
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From: Adam Presnell

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Dear Department of Parliamentary Services,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Parliamentary Services's handling of my FOI request 'Senate Question #90 Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce'.

The DPS has finally received the information reqested, even though they should of been given it years ago by the Deputy PM Joyce. I want to know how the DPS finally received the document and what information they sent to try and access this public record that Joyce should have submitted years ago, as per the Law.

It smells like a coverup to not provide this information. And to correct the public record, i did not receive this information in May 2017 the same time as you, as you claim
. I was sent it by Senator Siewert within 2 weeks of it being answered. She can validate she was given a copy, i have email proof.

I expect this matter to be sent to the AFP and any other investigative body to investigate corruption. It should be noted that the Deputy PM was the chief fundraiser for the Nationals who receive the bulk of there money fro chemical companies and it was the chemical companies that benefited from the Senator not providing this information on the public record to the DPP as required by Law. Future FOI requests will test whether of not the DPP has investigated and prosecuted this matter or have covered it up.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Adam Presnell

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