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Power to refuse request--diversion of resources etc.

             (1)  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.

             (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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