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News, Telecommunications - Monday, December 9, 2013 10:58 - 7 Comments
news Delimiter has appealed a move by the Department of Communications to block the release of new Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘Blue Book’ incoming ministerial briefing under Freedom of Information laws.
When new Ministers are sworn in to lead government portfolios, they receive extensive briefings on those portfolios from their departmental bureaucrats. Known as ‘Red Books’ for a returning Government or ‘Blue Books’ for a new Government, the briefing documents contain a wealth of information about the new Minister’s portfolio, commitments, decisions and so on.
In Turnbull’s case, the Blue Book ministerial briefing is particularly important, because the post of Communications Minister will be a critical one for the Australian Government over the next several years. This is because the Coalition has promised to radically reshape Labor’s National Broadband Network, despite the fact that Labor’s NBN policy has always enjoyed overwhelming popular support amongst the general population. In addition, there are a number of other key issues in the Communications portfolio which Turnbull will need to deal with, ranging from Internet censorship and filtering, digital rights, media law and so on.
Because of the pivotal nature of the role, on 25 September Delimiter sought access under FoI laws to the ‘Blue book’ of briefing documents which was provided by the Department of Communications to Turnbull when he was sworn in as Minister. This document, which is 545 pages long (according to the department), consists of everything which the department believes Turnbull will need to know.
Late last week, Andrew Madsen, Assistant Secretary of Governance for the Corporate Division of the Department of Communications, wrote to Delimiter rejecting the FoI application for Turnbull’s Blue Book. You can download the three documents Madsen sent in ZIP format here. Continue…
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- Hosting what the Govt won’t: Delimiter establishes AGD FoI mirror
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- Delimiter to appeal Turnbull Blue Book censorship
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- Secret data retention docs display
gross technical ineptitude
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