The Attorney General’s Transparency Branch has a fool proof tactic, straight out of Yes, Minister, to shut down anything it doesn’t want to address.
Here is how it works: the first response to my polite and respectful submission regarding the benefits of a CCRC structure addressed to the current Attorney General is dismissed by a departmental ‘transparency’ executive without addressing any of the issues I raise. (Full history of the matter)
My reply to that letter points out and itemises the matters in my submission that are not addressed – expanded with examples. I am then dealt the bureaucratic death blow (see below), because I haven’t raised any new issues. See what they did here? It’s a classic public service play: avoid the issues, then if challenged, claim nothing new has been raised, close the conversation. It’s fool proof.
23 July 2021
Dear Mr Urban
Thank you for your correspondence of 7 July 202 (sic) responding to MC21-037638. As it does not appear you have raised any new issues in your email, the Attorney-General’s Department is unable to be of any further assistance to you in this matter. Unless new issues are raised, the Department will not necessarily respond to any future correspondence from you on this matter.
Director Transparency and Criminal Law Branch
The AG’s department of transparency has clearly done its homework, studying the satirical TV series, Yes, Minister, not as entertainment but as a manual.