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Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Page: 918


Senator LUDLAM (12:07 PM) —I apologise, Parliamentary Secretary, but I think your question may have confused matters further. My intention in this instance is to work out the scope of the information that can be shared and to clarify the fact that there is actually no need for an offence to be alleged or be anywhere on the horizon. Information that ASIO collects on people through phone taps or other forms of surveillance it undertakes can now be shared with any Commonwealth or state agency, subject to the criteria we have discussed, whether or not any offence or alleged offence is anywhere on the horizon.