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Notice given 10 December 2012

*2651  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence— 

(1) What process was undertaken to employ Robert Brennan and Associates to investigate the bullying, harassment and national security issues in the Defence Security Association (DSA).

(2) What were the terms of reference.

(3) What issues concerning national security were found and reported by Robert Brennan and Associates.

(4) What action was taken by DSA following the report by Robert Brennan and Associates.

(5) What level of security clearance was held by Mr Robert Brennan and his associate Ms Julie Trent.

(6) Were the necessary checks made to ensure that vetting processes were completed before awarding Robert Brennan and Associates the contract for this task.

(7) How much was the contract that was awarded to Robert Brennan and Associates for the purpose of this investigation.

(8) What additional work by Robert Brennan and Associates has been commissioned by DSA or the department since June 2010, to provide what has been described as ‘The Brennan Reports’ within the reports of Mr Brennan and Ms Trent.

(9) For each set of investigations and/or work that Robert Brennan and Associates has been contracted to perform, what were the: (a) terms of reference; (b) costs and; (c) resulting reports.