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Labor refers Tudge's release of personal information to the AFP



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THE HON LINDA BURNEY MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES MEMBER FOR BARTON

LABOR REFERS TUDGE’S RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THE AFP

Labor has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate revelations that the Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, or his office, sent confidential Department briefs about a former Centrelink client to journalists.

Mr Tudge’s conduct is totally unacceptable. The confidential briefings reportedly contained details on the individual’s relationship and tax history.

Alan Tudge has serious questions to answer. At best, his conduct is unethical. At worst, it is illegal.

Labor has requested the matter be investigated by the Australian Federal Police as a priority and that any individuals found to have breached the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 or section 70 of the Crimes Act 1914 be referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for prosecution.

The release of this confidential information is a gross breach of trust. How can Australians have confidence that this Government will keep their confidential personal information safe?

The revelation comes after senior public servants in his Department were grilled over the Minister’s decision to release private information in order to discredit a critic - the Department was unable to confirm that Mr Tudge’s disclosures had been authorised because they had no idea what information he provided.

Australians are rapidly losing trust in Mr Tudge following repeated stuff ups over the Centrelink robo-debt mess and outrageous attempts to smear and discredit Australians who speak out against their treatment by Centrelink.

THURSDAY, 2 MARCH 2017

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