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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3590


Mr Melham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 10 March 2009:

In respect of applications for access to Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) records under the Archives Act 1983, in the fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09 (to 10 March): (a) how many applications were referred to ASIS by the National Archives of Australia; (b) how many related to (i) individual persons, or (ii) organisations and/or subjects; (c) how many resulted in the release of material; (d) how many were subject to (i) internal reconsideration, and/or (ii) review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; (e) did any reviews result in the release of additional material; and (f) on how many occasions did he or his delegate issue conclusive certificates under the provisions of the Act in relation to ASIS records.


Mr Stephen Smith —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   49 applications were referred to ASIS by the NAA: 2007-08, 15 2008-09 (to 10 March), 34

(b)   Applications related to:

(i)   individual persons: 2007-08, 13 2008-09, 0

(ii)   organisations and/or subjects: 2007-08, 2 2008-09, 34

(c)   Five applications resulted in the release of material: 2007-08, 0 2008-09, 5

(d)   13 were subject to:

(i)   internal consideration: 2007-08, 1 (from 06/07 applications) 2008-09, 12 (from 07/08 applications)

(ii)   and/or review by the AAT: 2007-08, 3 (ongoing)

(e)   In 2008-09, two reviews (from 07/08 applications) resulted in the release of additional material.

(f)   In the fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09, no conclusive certificates were issued under the provisions of the Act in relation to ASIS records.