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Monday, 22 March 2004
Page: 26763

Mr LATHAM (2:30 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. What involvement did the Prime Minister, his staff or members of his department have in the preparation of the so-called statement of clarification issued by the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on 16 March?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —That statement was the commissioner's statement. As to contact that may have occurred between the commissioner and other agencies or my office, I do not intend to go into it except to say this: it was the commissioner's statement. As the commissioner himself has indicated, it was a statement that he issued and he stood by its contents.