The provision of ASADA funds to WADA to prosecute Australian citizens

Philip Nelson made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

The request was refused by Department of Health.

From: Philip Nelson

Delivered

Dear Department of Health,

Reporter GRANT BAKER, Herald Sun June 22, 2015 7:58pm stated "THE Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will stump as much as US$100,000 towards WADA’s prosecution of the Essendon 34. The figure was revealed in a clarification to the Senate from ASADA’s national operations manager Trevor Burgess after he had given an incorrect figure when giving evidence at a budget estimates hearing earlier this month".

I am requesting a copy of any funding request, application, agreement or document where Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) either on its own or via the Department of Health sought funding for the prosecution of the Essendon players. The request, application, agreement or any such document may include other parties and if so, is covered by this request.

I also require copies of all correspondence (electronic and print) between ASADA and/or Department of Health and any officials in preparing and finalising the said application agreement or document.

If no such document is said to exist, I am seeking copies of all correspondence (electronic and print) on who why, when and how the Australian Government Department was able to distribute funds to the World Anti Doping Authority for the prosecution of Australian citizens in a foreign jurisdiction.

Yours faithfully,

Philip Nelson

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Attention: Mr Philip Nelson

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (Department) has received your request (in your below email) for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

The Department will take all reasonable steps to notify you of a decision no later than 30 calendar days after the date your request was received. You will be contacted where a charge is applied for processing your request or if we need to consult a third party.

Unless you advise otherwise, duplicate documents and Commonwealth employee names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or via email at [email address], should you have any enquiries.

Regards
FOI Officer

Ministerial, Parliamentary and Freedom of Information Branch
People, Communication and Parliamentary Division
Australian Government Department of Health
T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [Health request email]

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

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Dear Mr Nelson

 

I refer to your request to the Department of Health seeking access under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to documents as follows:

‘Reporter GRANT BAKER, Herald Sun June 22, 2015 7:58pm stated "THE
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will stump as much as US$100,000
towards WADA’s prosecution of the Essendon 34. The figure was revealed in
a clarification to the Senate from ASADA’s national operations manager
Trevor Burgess after he had given an incorrect figure when giving evidence
at a budget estimates hearing earlier this month".

I am requesting a copy of any funding request, application, agreement or
document where Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) either on
its own or via the Department of Health sought funding for the prosecution
of the Essendon players. The request, application, agreement or any such
document may include other parties and if so, is covered by this request.

I also require copies of all correspondence (electronic and print) between
ASADA and/or Department of Health and any officials in preparing and
finalising the said application agreement or document.

If no such document is said to exist, I am seeking copies of all
correspondence (electronic and print) on who why, when and how the
Australian Government Department was able to distribute funds to the World
Anti Doping Authority for the prosecution of Australian citizens in a
foreign jurisdiction.’

 

Notice of Third Party Consultation

 

It appears, from the documents to which you seek access, that a third
party may reasonably wish to make a contention concerning possible
exemption of some of the documents. Accordingly, Ms Kylie James, Director
– Freedom of Information, an officer authorised under section 23(1) of the
FOI Act to make decisions in relation to freedom of information requests,
has determined that the requirements of sections 27 and 27A make it
appropriate to extend the time frame for dealing with your request.

 

Pursuant to section 15(6) of the FOI Act, the period for providing you
with a decision has been extended by a further period of 30 days. This
means that the Department must, not later than 60 calendar days after the
day on which your request was received, take all reasonable steps to
notify you of a decision on your request.

 

Relevant provisions

 

The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
accessed from the Federal Register of Legislation website.

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this
letter you should contact the Department’s FOI Unit on
(02) 62891666 or by email at [1][email address].

 

Regards

 

François Murat

Senior FOI Adviser

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Ministerial, Parliamentary and Freedom of Information Branch

People, Communication & Parliamentary Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [3][Health request email]

 

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present. 

 

 

 

 

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Attention: Philip Nelson

 

Please see attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to the
Department of Health.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Unit

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [2][Health request email]

 

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

 

 

 

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faustus left an annotation ()

I think that categorising the outcome as "Information not held." is more accurate -- the refusal has arisen from the fact that no documents can be found.

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Philip Nelson left an annotation ()

I refer to the above annotation:

When dealing with FOIs, its important to be specific.

The document may exist, but may not be held by that department, so the department might claim it does not exist.

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