Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Page: 1109

National Security


Senator KENEALLY (New South WalesDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:13): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Cash. When classified ASIO advice was leaked in February, ASIO Director-General, Duncan Lewis, said that when classified advice is leaked 'it undermines all that we stand for'. Given the strength of the Director-General's view, why did the AFP discontinue its investigation?


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) (14:13): As Senator Keneally would know, the Australian Federal Police conduct their investigations and carry out their operations independent from government, and the AFP considers this matter finalised.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Keneally, a supplementary question.



Senator KENEALLY (New South WalesDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:13): Former AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said:

… we didn’t actually commence an investigation, because we immediately saw that the prospects of a successful investigation or prosecution were limited.

But given that FOI documents released today reveal that only 10 people in the Department of Home Affairs plus the minister had access to this confidential advice, does the minister agree that the prospects of prosecution are limited?


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) (14:14): Again, I would refer to my previous answer.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Keneally, a final supplementary question.



Senator KENEALLY (New South WalesDeputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:14): In response to the leak, Minister Dutton said, 'I haven't leaked anything.' The minister also said, 'Nobody is above the law, and the police have a job to do under the law.' That means only 10 people are left. Will the minister now commit to reopening the investigation?


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) (14:14): In response to that question, I again refer to my answer to the initial question.