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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 9924

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (20:41): And is the Attorney aware—I am sorry. The only court work I do nowadays is pro bono work, usually involving poker machines. So I should have used my terminology more precisely. Is the Attorney aware of any submissions made by Mr Gleeson to any tribunal that would in any way resile from what Mr Gleeson said on 21 January 2014 where he said that there are:

… reasonable grounds to consider that the materials over which Timor-Leste asserts privilege may include written statements or affidavits by a former ASIS officer made to Mr Collaery on behalf of Timor-Leste, disclosing national security information of Australia.

If that be the case, those disclosures would involve the commission of serious criminal offences under the law of Australia.

He then goes on to reference section 91.1 of schedule 1 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth. Has Mr Gleeson, in any submissions subsequent to that time, in any way withdrawn, resiled, qualified or in any way clarified those statements that he made at the time?