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MBV made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Defence
Dear Department of Defence,
I write to request access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
I seek access to the following documents relating to the Prime Minister's SPA travel to Alice Springs on 24 January 2023.
1. Catering requests received by the VIP Operations Cell in connection with these flights.
2. Any documents which reference tennis, the Australian Open, television or streaming services or a commitment in Melbourne.
These documents would likely have already been identified through FOI 520/22/23.
I refer to your correspondence of 23 May 2023 seeking access to documents
held by the Department of Defence (Defence), under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). This email is to advise you that your
request has been received and allocated for Case Management.
The scope of your request is:
…the following documents relating to the Prime Minister's SPA travel to
Alice Springs on 24 January 2023.
1. Catering requests received by the VIP Operations Cell in connection
with these flights.
2. Any documents which reference tennis, the Australian Open, television
or streaming services or a commitment in Melbourne.
Where staff details are captured in documents within the scope of your FOI
request, this information will be redacted; this includes private email
addresses, signatures, personnel (PMKeyS) numbers and mobile telephone
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