Update: scroll to bottom. They say report not done, but review itself done. Nice ambiguity.

The report often referred to as the Hawke review was due to be tabled in Parliament on April 30. This, of course, did not happen.

On June 14, I sent them an email consisting of:

To whom it may concern,

The terms of reference for the Freedom of Information Review stated that
the report should be provided by 30 April, 2013.

I note that the date is currently 14 June, and am curious as to where
this report has been published.


They responded almost immediately:

Dear Mr Molloy

Thank you for your email. Dr Hawke has completed his review. His
report has not been tabled by the Attorney-General. The FOI Review
Secretariat is unable to provide an estimated tabling date at this stage.

Yours sincerely

FOI Review Secretariat

Oh ASIC, it just keeps getting worse for you. Not content with accidentally blocking up to 250,000 websites and laughing it off as if of no consequence, it is now entirely evident that they aren’t capable of even keeping records of their mass-blocking escapades.

I made a freedom of information request regarding this incident on the 13 May, the final amended request reads:

  1. Documents relating to the blocking of, filtering of or interference with the IP address, or any websites or services on said IP address; and
  2. Documents specifying any IP addresses or websites targeted by ASIC for interference, blocking or filtering by the of s313 of the Telecommunications Act, from September 2012 to 21 May, 2013.

Pretty straightforward, right? Surely this is as simple as looking in their database of requests for blocking they’ve made. ASIC, you do have such a database, right? …Right?