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Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Page: 218

Mr Melham asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 22 June 2006:

(1)   Has the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) completed its trial of the use of polygraphs as a security tool; if so; (a) when was the ASIO polygraph trial completed, (b) has a copy of the report of the trial been provided to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and (c) what were the major findings of the trial.

(2)   What was the total cost of the ASIO polygraph trial.

(3)   Is the Government considering the use of polygraph testing as a security tool.

Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:


(a)   ASIO completed the trial on behalf of the Australian Intelligence Community in 2003.

(b)   No. The report was presented to the Secretaries Committee on National Security in August 2005 as reported in ASIO’s 2004-05 Report to Parliament (page 29).

(c)   The results of the trial will not be made public.

(2)   ASIO does not generally publish detailed financial data below organisational level.

(3)   The Government has no plans to introduce polygraph testing.