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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency releases Red book:No 4

The Weekend Australian with these two reports has the incoming government brief obtained through a Freedom of Information application- neither the paper nor the Department has published the document so far (Update: now published by the Department.)


  1. Anonymous9:05 pm

    Am I correct that anyone can request the released document(s), free of charge (in terms of an original amount The Australian might have paid to cover the department's administrative costs in assessing the document for release under FOI), as its release means it is a public document? might a problem be it is not possible to name them as this is not known, only a description?

  2. It's not a public document, but the Department would have no reason to knock back another request for what was released.And as of 1 November there is no application fee and five hours free decision making time so it shouldn't cost anything. The sensible thing would be for the Department to post it on the web. It will be required to do this in respect of documents released from 1 May next year when other amendments to the act concerning publication take effect. There is nothing stopping the Department jumping the gun.Just ask and see what happens.

  3. Anonymous12:57 pm

    I did ask, via email, on Oct 30 and have received no answer. Would you suggest I should send a letter to the Minister or Dept head?

    Thank you!

  4. Anonymous12:59 pm

    Oh and, my garbled last sentence in my first post meant, do I need to correctly name the document in requesting a copy (don't know the name) or does a description suffice?

    Many thanks!

  5. The brief as released (with redactions) is at

  6. Anonymous5:45 pm