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Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 12:22:00 +1200
From: Alex Harris <[FYI request #241 email]>
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Subject: Official Information Act request - Advice on Bill Liu citizenship
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Dear Minister of Labour,

Currently Bill Liu / Yang Liu is standing trial on immigration
fraud charges. In the course of the case, it has been alleged that
then-Immigration Minister Shane Jones granted Liu citizenship
against official advice because he "was in the pocket" of Liu
("Tycoon boasted of his MP mates", Stuff, 18/5/2012). I would like
to request the following information under the Official Information
Act 1982:

* all information, advice and communication relating to Jones'
decision to grant Liu citizenship.

I understand it is normal procedure to consult former Ministers on
the release oftheir documents. If this occurs, I would also like
copies of all communications with Jones relating to this request.

The fact that there is currently a case before the courts obviously
gives potential for a release to prejudice Liu's right to a fair
trial. If this is the case, I am happy to have release delayed
until the legal process is concluded.

While there are obviously strong privacy interests at play here,
there is also a very strong public interest in Ministerial
accountability. Media reports portray the decision as extremely
dubious. Having the facts of what occured in the public arena would
assist public debate on immigration exceptions and allow people to
be held to account if necessary.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about
this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris


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