Transcript of "Journey the Movie"

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From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

I request an English-language transcript of the film "Journey: The Movie". (www.journeythemovie.org)

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

DIBP is a well-resourced agency with the capacity to monitor trends in FOI requests, and adjust resources accordingly.

I assume the document I request must exist, and should be readily accessible by the relevant officers within a short period of time.

I also note I find it unacceptable you have waited more than two weeks to request an extension.

For the above reasons, I decline to grant your request for an extension.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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Good afternoon Mr Smith

I refer to your request dated 27 March 2016, for access to "an English-language transcript of the film "Journey: The Movie". (www.journeythemovie.org)".

The Department has undertaken reasonable searches in relation to your request, and advises that it does not hold "an English-language transcript of the film".

However, an English subtitled version of the movie was published on YouTube on 2 May 2016, and the following is a link to that:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=yo...

In the circumstances, given the nature of the material that is now in the public domain, could you please confirm that the Department may now regard this particular request as closed?

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could respond by no later than Monday 16 May 2016.

With kind regards
Alison Smith
FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section
Information Management Branch | Corporate Support Division
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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From: James Smith

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Dear Alison Smith,

Thank you for your email.

Given the department commissioned the movie in question, I would think the department would have in its possession a written transcript of the words spoken in the movie. After all, the movie has very little English spoken in it. I am interested to know how the department authorised the movie if it had no knowledge of the words spoken throughout.

Having said that, the fact the movie is now in the public domain, with English subtitles, this FOI request is no longer required. Accordingly, I now withdraw this request. However, let me express my disappointment the department has clearly only released the movie with English subtitles as as a direct result of a number of related FOI requests. In future, may I suggest the department adopt a better approach to releasing such information, recognising that the citizens of this country have a right to know how its government are communicating with those on foreign lands.

Yours sincerely,

James Smith

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