The socio-economic impact assessment of immigration activity on the Christmas Island community

Bobbi Robertson made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

From: Bobbi Robertson

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Dear Department of Immigration and Citizenship,

I am seeking a copy of the Australian Government Socio-economic impact assessment of the immigration detention centre on the Christmas Island local community.

I understand this to have been commissioned in 2011 and completed in 2012, undertaken by AECOM on behalf of the DIAC.

The report has not been released.

Yours faithfully,

Bobbi Robertson

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon Ms Robertson,

 

Thank you very much for your request received 11 June 2013 seeking access
to:

 

“I am seeking a copy of the Australian Government Socio-economic impact
assessment of the immigration detention centre on the Christmas Island
local community.”

 

Your request has been transferred to the Department of Regional Australia,
Local Government, Arts and Sport under section16 of the Freedom of
Information Act 1982. The details of this transfer are explained fully in
the attached letter.

 

Please feel free to contact us should you wish to discuss anything
further.

Kind regards,

 

Jessica Hallams

FOI Helpdesk

FOI & Privacy Policy
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
T: (02) 6198 7525
E: [1][DIAC request email]

 

UNCLASSIFIED

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From: Schneider Dolores

Good morning Bobbi

 

As you know this Department accepted transfer of your request seeking
access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:

 

·         Documents relating to the Australian Government Socio-economic
impact assessment of the immigration detention centre on the Christmas
Island local community

 

I am writing to seek an extension of time within which to respond to your
request.  Due to the nature of the Report, the Department is request to
consult with a number of other agencies.  A result of these discussions,
is that the  processing of your request is  taking longer than expected.

 

I request an extension until 26 July 2013.

 

Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Dolores Schneider

FOI Coordinator

62106076

 

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From: Bobbi Robertson

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Dear Schneider Dolores,

An extension to 26 July is fine.

Yours sincerely,

Bobbi Robertson

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From: Schneider Dolores

Thank you much appreciated

Cheers Dolores

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From: Schneider Dolores

Good Morning Bobbie

 

Just writing to let you know that we won’t be able to meet today’s
deadline regarding the decision on release of the socio-economic impact
assessment of immigration activity on the Christmas Island Community which
is the subject of your foi request.   We are still in consultations with
other relevant Departments and this has taken longer than expected.

 

I will be writing to the Information Commissioner requesting an extension
of processing time until 16 August 2013.

 

I regret the delay.

 

Kind regards

 

Dolores Schneider

FOI Coordinator

62106076

Work days: Mon & Fri - 8am -5pm; Tues - 7.30 am- 2.30pm

 

Disclaimer

This message has been issued by the Department of Regional Australia,
Local Government, Arts and Sport.
The information transmitted is for the use of the intended recipient only
and may contain confidential and/or legally privileged material.
Any review, re-transmission, disclosure, dissemination or other use of, or
taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons
or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited and may result
in severe penalties.
If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the Department on
(02) 6274-7111
and delete all copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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From: Bobbi Robertson

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Dear Schneider Dolores,

I find this unreasonable.

How many times can you do this?
Particularly for a report that is not about someones personal information or is security related. It's just a general report.

How many Departments do you need to collaborate with to have a need to extend to the 16th August? I would have thought DORA and DIAC would have been the main two, which the already extended period surely should be enough?

Yours sincerely,

Bobbi Robertson

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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

No power to extend time as requested.

You asked, "How many times can you do this?" It is better to ask, "How long can you do this?"

Some facts: You applied to Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 11 June, 2013. That is the application date. Department of Immigration and Citizenship transferred your request to Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport on July 02, 2013. The date is not important. It is not important because of Section 16(5)(b) of the FOI Act. It says, "Where a request is transferred to an agency in accordance with this section, the request is to be taken to be a request ... received by the agency at the time at which it was first received by an agency." That means that Department of Regional Australia must behave so you gave them your request on 11 June.

So Department of Regional Australia must process your request by July 11, 2013 (30 days from request). But if a request is "complex or voluminous" then it can ask the Information Commissioner for 30 days more time. The Information Commissioner has no authority to give it more than 30 days. Another 30 days is Saturday, August 10, 2013. But other law says that if the last important day is a Saturday, then the last day must be the next Monday. So, you arrive on August 12. The Information Commissioner can give Department of Regional Australia more time until that day. No more.

If you want them to know it, you can write to Department of Regional Australia and ask them to read this link.

Held og lykke.

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From: FOI- Regional

Good afternoon Ms Robertson

I am writing to advise you that the delegate of the Information Commission has granted the Department's request for further time within which to process your FOI application. Under section 15AC(5) of the FOI Act, the delegate has allowed until close of business 19 August 2013 to process your request.

Under section 15AC(6) of the FOI Act the condition imposed on the Department was that I notify you of the OAIC's decision.

Kind regards

Dolores Schneider
FOI Coordinator
62106076
Work days: Mon & Fri - 8am -5pm; Tues - 7.30 am- 2.30pm

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Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

I was wrong in my comment. I apologize. I misread section 15AC.

Mea culpa.

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