Friday, February 15, 2013

Attorney General's Response to my #FOI Request

Here is the response to the FOI request I filed months ago (my bold text except for headings):

Dear Mr Lord

Freedom of Information Request

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) received by this
Department on 5 December 2012. You have sought access to:

All information the government has obtained regarding my personal activities in support of
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, or any related matters (e.g. political protests against Iraq War).
This includes any documents from AFP, ASIO, ASIS or other government agencies, including any
records of internet or phone data surveillance.

Pursuant to arrangements under section 23 of the FOI Act, I am authorised to make decisions in
relation to this matter on behalf of the Department.  After having made appropriate searches and
enquiries, I can confirm that documents of the type you are seeking are not held by this Department.
Accordingly, I am obliged to refuse your request under section 24A of the Act.  That section allows an
agency to refuse a request if all reasonable steps have been taken to locate the documents sought and
it is satisfied that the documents do not exist or cannot be found. For the above reasons, I am satisfied
on this occasion that documents of the type you have requested are not held by the Attorney-General’s
Office or this Department.  Furthermore, the ASIO and ASIS are exempt from the FOI Act and so information

cannot be obtained from them under the FOI Act.  You could however forward your FOI inquiry to the AFP and
the Attorney’s Office  

Right of Review

Should you wish to have my decision in this matter reviewed, you have two options.  Firstly, you
are entitled to request an internal review of my decision by a senior officer of this Department.
Should you wish to pursue this option, you should write to me within 30 days of receiving this letter.

Alternatively, you are entitled to request a review of my decision by the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner (OAIC). Should you wish to pursue that course and action you should
write to the OAIC, within 60 days of receiving this letter, at GPO Box 2999, Canberra, ACT, 2601.
You are also entitled to make a complaint to the OAIC about the way the Department handled your

Yours sincerely

Andra Eisenberg | Senior Legal Officer
Freedom of Information and Privacy Section | Office of Corporate Counsel
Australian Government Attorney-General's Department | 3 - 5 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
T: +61 (2) 6141 3274  E:  
In other words, if we ARE spying on you, we are not going to tell you. Coz we don't have to.

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