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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Page: 5244

Mr CLARE (BlaxlandMinister for Home Affairs, Minister for Justice and Cabinet Secretary) (18:44): I thank the shadow minister for his question. National security is the top priority of any national government. So it should be, and so it is. Our law enforcement agencies, be they the Australian Federal Police, Customs and Border Protection, ASIS, ASIO or the work that DIAC do, are very important, and they do a very good job. I have been briefed by the Australian Federal Police on this matter. I was first briefed on this matter in May of this year. In answer to your second question, that is when I was provided with that information. Your first question asked when did the Australian Federal Police provide that information to DIAC and that information was provided by the Australian Federal Police in answer to a question in estimates last week. They indicated at that time that it was 14 November and I believe that information to be correct.