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Thursday, 20 September 2007
Page: 209


Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 13 August 2007:

(1)   How many telephone calls were received by the National Security Hotline for each month of (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

(2)   To date, how many telephone calls have been received by the National Security Hotline for each month of 2007.

(3)   Did any of the telephone calls identified in Parts (1) and (2) contain information that required further investigation; if so, (a) what was the broad nature of each of the complaints, (b) which government agencies, government departments or other organisations conducted the investigation, (c) what was the approximate length of time taken to complete each investigation and (d) what were the findings, conclusions and/or recommendations made in respect of each telephone call received by the National Security Hotline that prompted further investigation; if not, why not.

(4)   For each investigation identified in Part (3), did it result in the prosecution of the person, or persons, investigated; if so, what are those details; if not, can he say why not.

(5)   What action is taken by the National Security Hotline in respect of telephone calls that do not contain information warranting further investigation.


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

(1)  

(a)   In 2004 the National Security Hotline received the following number of calls for each month:

January

845

February

856

March

1717

April

1311

May

1123

June

 958

July

897

August

801

September

 1629

October

3224

November

1520

December

1395

(b)   In 2005 the National Security Hotline received the following number of calls for each month:

January

1221

February

1203

March

1116

April

1097

May

1064

June

996

July

4383

August

2793

September

3265

October

3402

November

4788

December

2693

(c)   In 2006 the National Security Hotline received the following number of calls for each month:

January

1665

February

1749

March

2077

April

1212

May

1296

June

1316

July

1233

August

1701

September

1426

October

1315

November

1148

December

895

(2)   In 2007 the National Security Hotline has received the following number of calls each month for the period from 01 January until 31 August:

January

1077

February

1608

March

1220

April

1568

May

1614

June

1399

July

2611

August

3430

(3)   Not known. The staff of the National Security Hotline do not analyse or filter the information received, but forward the details immediately to the police in the jurisdiction/s relevant to the call, to the AFP and to ASIO for their analysis and possible investigation.

(4)   Not known. See 3 above.

(5)   The National Security Hotline treats all calls seriously, and does not analyse or investigate the information provided to it. All information is forwarded immediately to the police in the jurisdiction/s relevant to the call, to the AFP and to ASIO. See (3) above.