Talking Points on Australians killed in Yemen by US Drones

Culley Palmer made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: Culley Palmer

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

I hereby request access, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982,
to:

1) Version 1 of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in
Yemen.

2) Version 3 of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in
Yemen.

3) Any versions subsequent to Version 3 (ie. Version 4, Version 5, Version 6... etc) of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in Yemen.

I note that Version 2 of the Consular Media Talking Points was released under the FOI Act 1982; (FOI Ref: 1501-F1060, File No: 15/1775) and was titled "Australian reportedly killed in Yemen explosion" by DFAT.

Please do not hesitate to reply by return email if I may be of any further assistance.

Regards,

Culley Palmer

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FOI Ref: 1503-F1103

File No: 15/12233

 

 

Dear Mr Palmer

 

Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

 

Thank you for your email dated 3 March 2015 in which you seek access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

 

1) Version 1 of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any
Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in Yemen.

2) Version 3 of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any
Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in Yemen.

3) Any versions subsequent to Version 3 (ie. Version 4, Version 5, Version
6... etc) of DFAT's Consular Media Talking Points on the deaths of any
Australian citizen by a US Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) in Yemen.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

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FOI Ref: 1503-F1103
File No: 15/12233
 
 
Dear Mr Palmer
 
Preliminary searches for documents relevant to your request have been
completed. The next step is to consider the application of section 29 of
the FOI Act, which concerns the charge, if any, for processing your
request.
 
Please find attached our letter concerning the charges estimate.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 

Jennifer Streat
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Freedom of Information and Privacy      E |  [email address]
Law Section

Corporate Legal Branch      T |  +61 2 6261 1142

Legal Division W |  [1]www.dfat.gov.au

 
 
 
 

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