We asked Commissioner Ashton to update us on Gillard/Wilson/Blewitt - he fobbed us - here's our response
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I advised CCP Lay that I would make a public disclosure about my report to him and any replies I received. More than one million individuals have visited the website where I published the correspondence - and many of them, like me would like to know what’s become of the investigation.
Before turning to the facts it is appropriate to acknowledge the assistance and co- operation this Commission has received in investigating the (AWU Workplace Reform) Association from the Victorian Police Force.
- Particular mention should be made of Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Ross Mitchell and his team, who have carried out a detailed investigation into the activities of the Association and generously made available to the Commission the results of those inquiries.
You say that my "request for access to this information (an update about Tendement) is subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982".
That act is here - it gives citizens the right to access documents about the activities of government agencies.
I did not request documents. I do not want any existing Victoria Police documents.
My request is for information, for feedback, for a statement, for answers to questions. As you summarised it, I sent you an "email requesting information in relation to Operation Tendement".
Is Victoria Police sure that a request for information is subject to the requirements of the FOI Act?
What "requirements of the FOI Act" am I "subject to" when I ask Mr Ashton a question?
I understand that there are limits to what Victoria Police can say. I wrote in the belief that the community has a right to receive reasonable feedback about such an extensive, lengthy and expensive police investigation.
Subject to any operational or legal limitations, I reiterate the request set out in my note to Commissioner Ashton of 16 February.