Freedom of Information Act 1982
If an agency or Minister is satisfied, when dealing with a request for a document, that a practical refusal reason exists in relation to the request (see section 24AA ), the agency or Minister:
(a) must undertake a request consultation process (see section 24AB ); and
(b) if, after the request consultation process, the agency or Minister is satisfied that the practical refusal reason still exists - the agency or Minister may refuse to give access to the document in accordance with the request. 24(2)
For the purposes of this section, the agency or Minister may treat 2 or more requests as a single request if the agency or Minister is satisfied that:
(a) the requests relate to the same document or documents; or
(b) the requests relate to documents, the subject matter of which is substantially the same.
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