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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 82

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (3:03 PM) —I was asked a question on 30 November 2004 by Senator Kirk in relation to the Australian Federal Police. I seek leave to incorporate further details in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The details read as follows—

During Question Time on 30 November 2004, Senator Kirk asked me a question regarding the Australian Federal Police (AFP) protocols which deal with complaints against Federal Members of Parliament.

Following further advice from the AFP, I wish to inform the Senate that I can confirm the existence of AFP protocols which deal with complaints against Federal Members of Parliament.

The protocols do not require the Australian Federal Police to advise the Minister for Justice and Customs of referrals from the Australian Electoral Commission in relation to breaches of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

As Mr Windsor's complaint involved a direct referral from the AEC to the AFP, I was not informed at the time of the referral of the investigation, however I was advised on 17 November 2004 of the investigation and further advised on 22 November 2004 of its termination.

On 22 November, I was also advised that Mr Anderson and Senator Macdonald would not be interviewed. As previously stated, I do not intend to canvass this matter any further, as this is a matter for the AFP and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.