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Monday, 8 March 1999
Page: 2432

Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 2 December 1998:

(1) On how many occasions did the department refer unauthorised disclosures to the Australian Federal Police between March 1996 and October 1998.

(2) In each instance where an investigation has been undertaken has that investigation been concluded.

(3) Have any officers been charged with offences relating to unauthorised disclosures that occurred during this period; if so, how many.

Senator Alston (Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Nil.

(2) There were no investigations.

(3) No.