By Paul Dean, 21 February 2016
(UFOs – Documenting The Evidence, Melbourne, Australia)
Quote from the article:
“I have been recently reporting on the release of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) policy material which concerned the cancelling of Australia’s official 40 year acceptance and study of UFO reports. My work can be found in three previous parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. At the end of Part 3, I wrote:
‘I could continue providing textual transcription and imagery of this significant piece of Australian DoD history, but this series needs to be finalized, and anyone who wants to study the records provided to me merely needs to ask. It is absolutely worth other researchers having a look at this material. I have taken much away from these records, and, if nothing else, it proves that the RAAF can locate and prepare 20 year old records with what appeared to me to be relative ease. Also, in regards to the redactions of text found in this release, on the 17th of January, 2016, I appealed the DoD’s FOI decision makers and asked for the blacked-out text to be released in full. I expect an answer by February’s end.’
And that is where, even considering my appeal for redacted (blacked-out), I believed the matter would probably end. Gut instinct told me, on this occasion, that the Department of Defence (DoD) and its Freedom of Information (FOI) branch, had provided me with what I wanted, and that the sections of redacted text would stay like that until I revisited the issue in years to come.
To my surprise, I was quite wrong.
The DoD have not only released most of the records with far fewer redactions, they’ve done so without cost and at an impressive pace.”