Sharples and The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Arts
(2000 S0044, 31 March 2000)
The applicant sought external review of a deemed refusal of access to documents by the respondent. The applicant had submitted an FOI access application, in identical terms, to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
That FOI application was currently before the Information Commissioner on external review. The Information Commissioner could see no reason why the applicant should be permitted to proceed with two review applications in which he was seeking access to the same set of documents. Moreover, the requested documents were clearly in the possession of the Department, rather than the Minister’s office.
In accordance with s.77(1) of the FOI Act, the Information Commissioner decided not to deal further with the application for review, on the basis that it was frivolous, vexatious, misconceived or lacking in substance.