16. In ABC v UTS, Bennett J decided that there was a sufficient relationship between documents concerning complaints about ABC programs and the ABC's program material for the exemption to apply. I think the connection between the documents in this IC review and the ABC's program material is so remote that there is not even an indirect relationship between them. The complaints in ABC v UTS were about the content of the program material; information about the salaries of program makers relates only to the administrative process of the production of that material."
8. The connection between the documents requested in this IC review and the ABC’s program material and datacasting content is similarly remote. The documents are about the classification of the ABC’s television program material. The classification of program material is an administrative process undertaken before that material is broadcast. The only connection between the process and the material is that the process results in a classification rating that can be published before the material is broadcast, for the information of potential viewers and listeners.
9. A policy document might relate to program material if it affects the production of that material. But policy documents, like the ones that are the subject of this IC review, do not relate to program material for the purposes of s 7(2) and Part II of Schedule 2 to the FOI Act.