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    annej

    The only non-industry FOI request is from our health group – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Australia. Based on previous industry interference in health policies, we expected an assault on the Health Department but even we were surprised as extent of their demand for a costly trawl back through nearly 20 years a documents. Our reluctant request was to identify the number of FOI requests from the tobacco industry and any information on the cost as although its legal to use FOI its regarded by many as an intimidatory tactic that will tie up the health resources of the government for months – at great cost to taxpayers.

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