Tuesday, July 17, 2012

National Security Inquiry: Urgent Request for Action

This is the email I have sent to my MP. Please find your own here on the Australian Parliament House website and feel free to take any portion of my email for the purpose of expediting a letter to your MP.

Dear Ms Anna Burke,

I write to you as a concerned citizen of Australia and denizen of your electorate of Chisholm.
It has come to my attention that the outlawed behaviour in legislation that was voted for by you and passed by this government, namely section 11B(4)(d) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), extracted below below, has been cited by the Attorney-General's office in order to withhold information from the public.
This is a serious offence, and I am bringing it to your attention in order that it be rectified, both by the release of the withheld information, and by an undertaking by the Attorney-General's office that this abuse of power will not happen again.
For information about this, as covered in the mainstream media, please see http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/no-minister-90-of-web-snoop-document-censored-to-stop--premature-unnecessary-debate-20100722-10mxo.html
Will you please take action, as I have requested, and if not, why not?

Please note that this is a matter of some urgency due to tight deadlines placed on responses to the National Security Inquiry.
Freedom of Information Act 1982, s11B(4)(d):
The following factors, inter alia, must not be taken into account in deciding whether access to the document would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest:
(d) access to the document could result in confusion or unnecessary debate.

David Crafti
Concerned citizen, registered in the electorate of Chisholm

According to my MP's auto-responder, I have to include contact details, including an address to show that I am in her electorate. I have sent through an update to my original message. Ensure you do as well, in order to minimise delay to your response.

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