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Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Page: 14103

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education


Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (Gorton) (14:08): My question is to the Prime Minister. Yesterday, in question time, the Prime Minister said that both Minister Cash and the Minister for Human Services cooperated with the Australian Federal Police investigation about a leaked police raid. But the police told estimates they asked ministers for witness statements on at least two separate occasions but none were provided. Who is telling the truth, the Prime Minister or the police? Because both can't be correct.


Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister) (14:08): There's another option—that is, the member who asked the question is not representing the truth of these proceedings, which is no surprise whatsoever. Because, as I said yesterday, the statements that were requested by the AFP were provided. At no stage was I advised that the statement provided was insufficient. And what I can tell you is that the AFP has acknowledged the receipt of both the correspondence from Minister Keenan and from Minister Cash. In relation to Minister Keenan, he said, 'I acknowledge receipt of your statement. AFP investigators will review the statement and, if we require any further clarification, we may reach out to you.' That was the end of the matter. My ministers cooperated with the requirements of the AFP and the—

The SPEAKER: The member for Gorton on a point of order. I'm struggling to understand—

Mr Brendan O'Connor: It is on direct relevance.

The SPEAKER: The member for Gorton will resume his seat. There is no point of order. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr MORRISON: The simple explanation is this: the AFP contacted the ministers, the ministers responded and no further information was sought from the ministers.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: I seek leave to table the comments by the deputy commissioner where she says, 'No, I would not classify that'—

The SPEAKER: You don't have to read them out. Is leave granted?

Leave not granted.