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Wednesday, 24 June 2009
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Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 March 2009:

(1)   Is the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) aware of a report/brief about Mr Mamdouh Habib prepared by Mr Abbas Abou Abdallah, an Ethnic Community Liaison Officer attached to the Bankstown police, dated June 2001; if so, was this document provided by the New South Wales Police Service Protective Security Group and if it was when?

(2)   Was this document used by ASIO or other federal government agencies in consideration as to whether Mr Habib was a national security threat.

(3)   Was this document used by ASIO or other federal government agencies in Mr Habib’s court actions, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing to have his passport returned or the Federal Court proceedings for compensation.

(4)   Was this document supplied to a court, a magistrate, a judge or a Justice of the Peace at any time.

(5)   Was this document or any part of it sent to the intelligence/security agencies of any other country.

(6)   Has ASIO used this document at any time in support of applications for a telephone intercept or a search warrant regarding Mr Habib.

(7)   Is ASIO still monitoring Mr Habib.

(8)   Did ASIO have a representative in Egypt at any time while Mr Habib was in Egypt; if so, did that representative have any dealings whatsoever with the Central Intelligence Agency or Egyptian authorities in Egypt concerning Mr Habib.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   I am advised that ASIO became aware of a report/brief about Mr Mamdouh Habib prepared by Mr Abbas Abou Abdullah in or about July 2001. ASIO received a copy of the report/brief from the NSW police in April 2009.

(2)   No, I am advised the document was not used by any agency within my portfolio responsibility in consideration as to whether Mr Habib was a national security threat. (See above answer to Question 1).

(3)   No. I have been advised that no agency within my portfolio responsibility used this document in Mr Habib’s court actions.

(4)   No. See above answers to Questions 1 and 3.

(5)   Consistent with government policy, I cannot comment on the liaison between intelligence/security agencies.

(6)   Consistent with government policy, ASIO does not comment on operational matters.

(7)   Consistent with government policy, ASIO does not comment on operational matters.

(8)   Consistent with government policy, I cannot comment on ASIO’s liaison with foreign countries.