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Very significant error in PMC Assessment Ref: B09/1640. Please provide documentary evidence the department informed government

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Dear PMC

On 17 November 2009, Mr Peter Rush approved PM&C assessment Ref: B09/1640. The assessment is underpinned by a very significant error.

The assessment failed to inform government that the GE contingent was comprised from persons including commercial security contractors. Of note, this information was readily available in the public domain when the assessment was produced. The public has informed the department of the errors in this assessment a number of times. It is unclear if the department has acknowledged or informed government of their error.

Acting in accordance with the FOI Act we request a copy of the documents evidencing that the department has actually informed government of the errors underpinning their assessment Ref: B09/1640.

Yours faithfully,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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assessment a number of times.” Please provide further information about
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Please refer to FOI/2020/231. The disclosure reveals the department’s HOSM assessment (Ref: B09/1640) for Australian contingent to GE Infrastructure for Indian Ocean operation.

The assessment fails to inform that the contingent included commercial security contractors. The department states commercial security contractors unworthy for HOSM recognition. Public servants have a duty to act honesty and with integrity and care and diligence in their work. They have a duty to inquire into matters of substance. The assessment is substantially different to published accounts of a member of the contingent. Eyewitness accounts from other members of the contingent corroborate the published account.

A Commonwealth legislative instrument was borne from the assessment but the assessment was premised from a substantial omission. The public have a right to know what, if any actions were taken after the department was informed of the omission. With that in mind, we respectfully seek a copy of any document:

1. recording that the department has acknowledged HOSM assessment (Ref: B09/1640) is substantially flawed in that it failed to inform that the contingent included commercial security contractors.

2. recording that the public servant responsible for administering the HOSM program actually informed their respective superior (i.e. line manager) of the omission in HOSM assessment (Ref: B09/1640)

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