Summaries of Ministers' discretionary powers

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From: Simon

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

I'm seeking access to documents listing and/or summarising 'discretionary powers' currently conferred on ministers of the federal government by legislation or regulation.

This request is intended to capture documents describing powers conferred on ministers which could be described as 'discretionary' even though they might not be specifically defined as discretionary in the legislative or regulatory instrument which grants them.

Please initially treat this request as a request for administrative access. If it can't be processed in that way, please consider it as a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours faithfully,

Simon

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UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Simon

Freedom of Information Request FOI16/136

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) for access to documents relating to discretionary powers. I have
taken your request to be for:

                         documents listing and/or summarising
'discretionary powers' currently conferred on ministers of the federal
government by legislation or regulation.

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know as soon as possible.

We received your request on 14 September 2016 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
You should therefore expect a decision from us by 15 October 2016. The
period of 30 days may be extended if we need to consult third parties or
for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

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contact details of junior officers of the department and other government
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Alex | FOI Case Manager

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Strategy and Delivery

Australian Government Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National
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T: +61 (02) 6141 6666  E: [3][AGD request email]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From: Simon

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Dear Alex,

I agree with that interpretation of my request.

Yours sincerely,

Simon

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Dear Simon

 

Please find attached the signed decision letter regarding your Freedom of
Information request FOI 16/136.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Alex | FOI Case Manager

Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Strategy and Delivery

Australian Government Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National
Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
T: +61 (02) 6141 6666  E: [1][AGD request email]

 

 

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Privacy Collection Notice

When you make a request for documents or an inquiry about privacy matters,
the Attorney-General’s Department will only collect your personal
information where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to,
our functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act
1988. We may collect your name, email address and telephone number so that
we can contact you about your request under the Freedom of Information Act
for access to documents or access to, or correction of, personal
information; or a complaint you have made or your request for access to,
or correction of, personal information under the Privacy Act. If your
request concerns your personal information, we will collect the minimum
amount of evidence necessary to verify your identity. The handling of your
personal information is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and our privacy
policy is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Privacystatem....
If you have an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, please contact the
Privacy Contact Officer on 02 6141 2660 or via e-mail [email address].

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