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Transcript of doorstop interview: Parliament House, Canberra: 18 October 2006: \nAlexander Downer; AFP and transnational crime.

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SENATOR JOE LUDWIG Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate Labor Senator for Queensland

TRANSCRIPT OF DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, Parliament House, Canberra 18/10/2006 _____________________________________________________________________________

SUBJECT: Alexander Downer, AFP & transnational crime. _____________________________________________________________________________

LUDWIG: I was watching the news last night and I saw Alexander Downer on the news and it was extraordinary outburst; he seemed to have lost the plot. It was quite an extraordinary outburst.

I think he’s not a really good character to be representing us overseas by throwing a tanty in Parliament last night because what Alexander Downer needs to understand is that he is guilty of taking us to the wrong war over in Iraq; he is guilty of shifting the goal posts for our troops, and he is guilty for providing Saddam Hussein kickbacks.

That’s what Alexander needs to come to grips with, and face reality.

Throwing tanties in our Parliament is not a particularly good look and he should really take a cold shower and calm down.

JOURNALIST: Has the AFP stuffed up by apparently getting a tip off again about another Australian drug dealer and instead of acting here passing that onto Asian authorities?

LUDWIG: I think the important thing to look at - it’s not the Australian Federal Police we have to find responsible for this.

We should look at the broader picture, mutual assistance, sharing of information is important to fight transnational crime.

There’s no doubt about that.

JOURNALIST: But are people going to have confidence that if they are tipping of the AFP about their sons or family members that they’ll be dealt with in Australia if it's still going to be arrested in an Asian country and possibly the consequences there?

LUDWIG: As I said what we really have to look at is the broader picture.

Australia has signed up to a range of UN Conventions to fight trans-national crime; the fight against the illicit drug trade; to fight sex trafficking; to fight child pornography and in doing so if we are asked about particular information then we should be able to share it across and with other countries.

That’s the sensible thing for Australia to be doing.

JOURNALIST: Is there any specific comments of Mr Downer's that upset you?

LUDWIG: Well, a range of comments, I mean I think the overall impression of him losing his cool - that’s the real thing that upsets me.

When you look at the tanty that he threw, I think it’s an extraordinary outburst in Parliament and he should settle down.