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No.59/97

20 November 1997

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SENATOR THE HON NICK BOLKUS

SHADOW ATTORNEY GENERAL SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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AFP COULD ACCESS SOCIAL SECURITY DATA

"The Australian Federal Police could have accessed Department of Social Security records in relation to Mr Dunn," Shadow Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Senator Nick Bolkus said today.

Senator Bolkust comments followed the Attorney's denial that such a search was possible because there was no relevant Australian Federal Police investigation in relation to Mr Dunn.

"It has long been on the public record that the Australian Federal Police have been co-operating with Indonesian authorities in investigating whether Mr Dunn committed any breaches of the Commonwealth Child Sex Tourism Act whilst he was in Lombok."

"Further, given that the Minister for Justice had no problem accessing Mr Dunn's pension details in less than two hours yesterday, it is beyond belief that the AFP could not access those details for 18 months."

"On another note, the Attorney admitted in the House today that the Australian Federal Police had the capability to track Mr Dumi's other pension payment if they had wanted to. So why didn't they do it?"

Senator Bolkus also attacked the Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice for misleading Australians about the strength of the AFP's intelligence about whether Mr Dunn was in Honduras.

On Tuesday, Mr Williams claimed that it was only "possible" that Mr Dunn was in Honduras and the 60 Minutes had taken "a punt" on finding him there. On the same day, Senator Vanstone stated that it was only "alleged" that Mr Dunn was in Honduras. She also inappropriately likened sightings of Mr Dunn to sightings of Elvis.

Yet today, Commissioner Palmer admitted that the Honduran authorities had told the AFP that they had detected Mr Dunn entering their country in February and that, as a result, the AFP had then set in train its extradition procedures.

"We've had a confirmed entry into the country by the Honduran authorities, a sighting of Mr Dunn by an off-duty Canadian Mountie and the ability to track him to Honduras through his pension payment. How much more evidence do you need?"

"There are still fundamental questions for the Government to answer," Senator Bolkus said.

• Why couldn't the AFP arrest Mr Dunn in Honduras for 9 months?