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Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Page: 5055


Mr NEUMANN (Blair) (16:28): On 28 May, the front page of The Courier-Mail attributes to the Department of Home Affairs some media comments in relation to a matter. I noticed that the department then pointed out in a media release itself that it didn't authorise the release of an attributed response to The Courier-Mail's journalist and wasn't made aware that its factual advice would form the basis of attributable statements passed to the journalist.

Minister, did you or your office write media comments and attribute those to the Department of Home Affairs without the knowledge or consent of the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs or any other departmental officer? Minister, do you accept that you have put the secretary of the department in an invidious position, as well as his officers, and compromised the impartiality of the department? No response?