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Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Page: 4336

National Security


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:04): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to last night's statement by the member for Canning, who was hand-picked by the Prime Minister to be trusted with security and intelligence information. Has the Prime Minister, his office or his department been informed at any time by representatives of our ally that the chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee was authorised to disclose information about an FBI investigation which was obtained during a confidential briefing from our ally?


Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:05): My understanding about the briefing, which I believe a number of Labor members were present at—at least one was—was that it was not a classified briefing, and the honourable member for Canning referred to information that he'd learnt in that briefing in his remarks last night. But I have to say, as I said this morning, the allegations are not new. They have been made before. They are subject to legal proceedings and I do not propose to say anything more about them because they are subject to judicial proceedings.