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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Page: 13911

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation

Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (Gorton) (15:05): My question is to the Prime Minister. Today the Prime Minister told the House that neither Minister Cash nor the human services minister received any further requests for information from the AFP. But yesterday, the AFP told Senate estimates that the ministers were asked twice to provide witness statements and they refused to do so. Who is right, Prime Minister? The Prime Minister or the Australian Federal Police?

Mr DUTTON (DicksonMinister for Home Affairs) (15:06): I thank the honourable member for his question. The reality is, as the deputy commissioner, Leanne Close, pointed out yesterday, that there was a request made to the respective ministers. They provided a statement to the AFP and that was it.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members will cease interjecting. The vast majority of members and myself are trying to listen to the answer.