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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Page: 293

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (15:39): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government opposes this motion. The questions on notice contained in this motion actually refer to correspondence between a Commonwealth agency and Victoria Police about an active police investigation. The response that was provided was that providing copies of correspondence between FWBC and police agencies may prejudice ongoing working relationships with police agencies throughout Australia. This is a fair and reasonable explanation and is similar to responses provided by the opposition while it was in government in relation to ongoing police investigations. While the opposition may want to undermine working relationships with Commonwealth agencies and police so that they can provide sensitive police intelligence to certain unions, the government does not support such an action.

Question agreed to.