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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I refer to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne... which concerns systemic corruption engaged in by the PM/PM’s Department.

I note that the article states that the investigators into that systemic corruption “recruited two solicitors from the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS)” to help with the investigation.

It’s in the public interest to know how much taxpayer money the PM/his Department spent on lawyers to paper over the PM’s/Department’s corruption.

Under the FOI Act, I seek copies of invoices given to the Department by AGS in respect of services rendered by AGS related to the public interest disclosure the subject of the above article.

Regards

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FOI/2019/150

 

Dear HW

 

Thank you for your email dated 28 June 2019 to the Department of the Prime
Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which you made a request to the
Department under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) in the
following terms:

 

I refer to this article:
[1]https://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne...
which concerns systemic corruption engaged in by the PM/PM’s Department.

 

I note that the article states that the investigators into that systemic
corruption “recruited two solicitors from the Australian Government
Solicitor (AGS)” to help with the investigation.

 

It’s in the public interest to know how much taxpayer money the PM/his
Department spent on lawyers to paper over the PM’s/Department’s
corruption.

 

Under the FOI Act, I seek copies of invoices given to the Department by
AGS in respect of services rendered by AGS related to the public interest
disclosure the subject of the above article.

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

The Department received your request on 28 June 2019 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 29 July 2019.
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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For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

·         any person’s signature;

·         the names and contact details of Australian Public Service
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);

·         the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers;

·         the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level
below Chief of Staff.

 

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the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will take it that you agree
to that information being excluded from the scope of your request (that
is, the information will be treated as irrelevant and redacted from any
documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information.  Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner at
[5]http://www.oaic.gov.au/foi-portal/about_....

 

Sincerely

 

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [6][DPMC request email] | w. [7]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

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acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
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Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

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