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From: Ryan S

Dear Iain Lees-Galloway,

Could you please provide the Minister weekly briefings you would have received for the past 3 weeks for each one of your portfolios (Workplace Relations and Safety, ACC and Immigration)

Yours faithfully,

Ryan S

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From: I Lees-Galloway (MIN)
Iain Lees-Galloway

On behalf of Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration, Minister for
ACC and Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety thank you for your
email. Please consider this email as an acknowledgement.

Thank you for taking the time to write and please be assured that your
comments will be read by the Minister. However, there may be no further
response to you.

Kind regards,

Office of Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

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From: I Lees-Galloway (MIN)
Iain Lees-Galloway

Dear Ryan

I refer to your official information request, which was received on 5 March 2018. You requested, under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following information:

“Could you please provide the Minister weekly briefings you would have received for the past 3 weeks for each one of your portfolios (Workplace Relations and Safety, ACC and Immigration)”

The information requested is withheld in full under section 9(2)(f)(iv) of the Act, in order to maintain the constitutional conventions which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials.

You have the right to contest the decision to withhold information by seeking an investigation and review of that decision by the Ombudsman, whose address for contact purposes is:

The Ombudsman
Office of the Ombudsman
PO Box 10-152
WELLINGTON

Ph 0800 802 602
www.ombudsman.parliament.nz

Yours sincerely

Office Hon Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister of Immigration |Minister for Workplace Relations & Safety | Minister of ACC | Deputy Leader of the House | MP for Palmerston North |
4.5R, Executive Wing |Parliament Buildings | Private Bag 18041 | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand | P: 64 (4) 817 8713

Authorised by Iain Lees-Galloway, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011

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Alex Harris left an annotation ()

You should challenge this with the Ombudsman. s9(2)(f)(iv) applies only to "advice" (and then only when it is under "active consideration"). But a look at other released weekly briefings shows that they contain a wide variety of non-advisory material which can not lawfully be withheld under this clause. e.g. https://fyi.org.nz/request/6889-weekly-u...

Also, there is no evidence that the public interest in release has been considered.

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