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Transcript of doorstop interview of the Minister for Defence: Liberal Party Headquarters, Barton, ACT: 10 December 2004: Release of Carnell report.



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TRANSCRIPT SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW Liberal Party Headquarters Barton 10 December 2004

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Journalist:

Do you think you will release at least part of the report?

Senator Hill:

The second one the final one?

Journalist:

Yes.

Senator Hill:

Well yes I would want to in due course release an unclassified version of that, but as there are still legal and administrative processes taking place it would be premature and inappropriate to do it at the moment.

Journalist:

And the report, some people have said that the report raises more questions than it answers about the situation with the interaction to the flow of intelligence?

Senator Hill:

Well it has been a long process but the facts are being established and that is what I think is important. We now know more facts and I have released those publicly,I think that is important to all concerned. And I wanted to get to the bottom of the issues whilst at the same time being fair to all parties concerned. The matter is not yet complete but I have released what I have been able to do so far and when the

matter is fully complete then I hope, as I said, to be able to release an unclassified version of the second Carnell report.

Journalist:

The intelligence was stopped because of security concerns, is that something that we should be concerned about or is there continuing concerns there?

Senator Hill:

No there is no current issue at all. This is an historical analysis really, it is going back many years now when this event occurred. The full circumstances as to exactly what happened and why it occurred, what were the consequences and what should flow from it, has been the exercise that I have been engaged in and I would really like to see it completed as soon as possible because that is a part of fair play to all concerned as well. I think lessons to be learned from it have already been learned and have been implemented.