VIC Privacy - FOI question regarding the AEC

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Mike Love, 30 August 2019.

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  1. Mike Love

    Mike Love Well-Known Member

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    To make a long story short - I requested some info from the AEC (Aust Electoral Commission) as we believe they have done something dodgy and we need info to prove this.

    We requested certain documents and our request was ignored, so the Information Commissioner has now directed them to give us a decision:

    Their response is below, but what I do not understand, is how the AEC can "bargain" with me over providing FOI documents? They have essentially stated that if we don't accept their offer of redacted documents, they will withdraw their offer and give us no documents!!! The OAIC think this is bizarre too!

    OFFER OF ACCESS TO EDITED COPIES
    92 In paragraph 11 of this letter I indicated that I would offer you access to edited
    copies of Document Nos 2-24, and 26-28 from which exempt and irrelevant matter
    had been redacted. The terms of that offer are as follows:
    (a) the offer remains open for 60 days from the date of this letter;
    (b) the offer is conditional upon acceptance of the edited copies being taken as
    satisfaction of your FOI Request for the relevant documents;
    (c) acceptance must be in writing by you (this may then be sent by email to me).
    93 If this offer is not accepted within the 60-day period, my decision to refuse access to
    Document Nos 2-24, and 26-28 will stand.


    Is this even legal for the AEC lawyer to make such an offer? This is while the OAIC is already involved.
     
  2. Rod

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    Yes. Doesn't mean you have to accept it.
     
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