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Thursday, 24 June 2004
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Mr RUDD (2:48 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. On the recent AFP investigation of the leak of a top-secret AUSTEO ONA document to the Herald Sun newspaper, can the minister advise whether the AFP requested the telephone records, including mobile records, of the minister's staff for the month of June 2003? Did the minister's office provide all those records to the AFP?


Mr DOWNER (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —If the honourable member wants to know how the Australian Federal Police conducted an investigation, my suggestion is that he should raise that with the Federal Police. I have said on this matter in the House during this week that my office fully cooperates with the Federal Police on any matter; there has never been an example where we have not fully cooperated with them. The point here is a very interesting point, because the honourable member for Griffith has asked several questions over the last year about this document. In those questions, he has revealed an intimate knowledge of the classification of the document, and the classification of the document itself is classified. He could only know that classification if he had seen the document himself. What would be interesting is how the member for Griffith knows so much about this document and who showed it to him.


Mr Rudd —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Under standing order 145 I could not have crafted a simpler question than I did, which is about phone—


The SPEAKER —The member for Griffith will resume his seat.



The SPEAKER —The member for Watson is warned! Has the minister concluded his answer?


Mr DOWNER —Yes.