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From: Jackson Gothe-Snape

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Dear Department of Communications and the Arts,

If possible, please treat this as an administrative or informal request.

Otherwise, please consider this a request under the FOI Act.

Can you please provide the topics list for briefs created in preparation for hearings of Senate 2016-2017 Supplementary Budget Estimates.

I ask that all fees in relation to this request be waived because the release of the documents is in the public interest. The documents help identify the most important policy areas within the department's responsibilities.

Yours faithfully,

Jackson Gothe-Snape

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FOI Ref: 11-1617

 

Dear Mr Gothe-Snape

 

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

 

I refer to your email dated Tuesday, 15 November 2016 and sent to the
Department at 8:40 pm seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act) to:

 

“… the topics list for briefs created in preparation for hearings of
Senate 2016-2017 Supplementary Budget Estimates.”

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision:

Please note that we will process your application in accordance with the
Department’s [1]FOI Policy and that the 30 day statutory period for
processing the request commenced the day after the date that your request
was received by the Department, i.e. 16 November.  You should therefore
expect a decision from us by 15 December 2016.  The period of 30 days may
be extended in certain circumstances.  We will advise you if there is any
extension of time.

 

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processing, the Department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
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[2][Department of Communications and the Arts request email] so the decision-maker may consider; otherwise
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scope of the request.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

[4]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[5]communications.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@CommsAu

 

[8]arts.gov.au

[9]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [10]@artsculturegov

 

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advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

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FOI 11-1617

 

Dear Mr Gothe-Snape

 

We would be grateful if you could please clarify your request.   Is it
correct that you are seeking access to a copy of the Index of Topics
provided to the Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts
for the Supplementary Budget Estimates in October 2016?

 

We would appreciate your prompt response to this email to enable us to
continue processing of your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

Felicia Nevins

Senior Legal Officer and FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General
Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

[3]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [4]@CommsAu

 

[5]arts.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@artsculturegov

 

This email and any attachments may contain confidential information or
legal advice over which legal professional privilege can be claimed.  Such
privilege is not waived and you should ensure that, in the handling of the
advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

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From: Jackson Gothe-Snape

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Hello,

Thanks for following up. Yes, can I please request the Index of Topics provided to the Secretary as stated above.

Yours sincerely,

Jackson Gothe-Snape

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Dear Mr Gothe-Snape,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request No. 11-1617

 

Thank you for your email dated 10 December, 2016 confirming that you are
seeking access to the Index of Topics provided to the Secretary of the
Department of Communications and the Arts for the Supplementary Budget
Estimates in October 2016.

 

We consider that it would be appropriate for your request to be processed
on an administrative basis.  If we are able to provide access on an
administrative basis, FOI charges would not be payable. 

 

Could you please advise whether you consent to the withdrawal of your FOI
request so that we may continue to process your request on an
administrative basis?  Alternatively, please advise whether you would
prefer that we continue to process your request under the FOI Act?

 

We would appreciate it if you could please contact us asap and no later
than COB Tuesday 13 December, 2016.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

Felicia Nevins

Senior Legal Officer and FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General
Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [2][Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[3]communications.gov.au

[4]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [5]@CommsAu

 

[6]arts.gov.au

[7]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [8]@artsculturegov

 

This email and any attachments may contain confidential information or
legal advice over which legal professional privilege can be claimed.  Such
privilege is not waived and you should ensure that, in the handling of the
advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

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FOI Request 11-1617

 

Dear Mr Gothe-Snape,

 

Please see attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request dated
15 November 2016.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

[3]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [4]@CommsAu

 

[5]arts.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@artsculturegov

 

This email and any attachments may contain confidential information or
legal advice over which legal professional privilege can be claimed.  Such
privilege is not waived and you should ensure that, in the handling of the
advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

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