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Hon Stephen Martin MP

Shadow Minister for Defence

Federal Member for Cunningham



Tuesday, 4 January 2000




Shadow Minister for Defence, Stephen Martin, said today that 1999 proved to be a benchmark year for the number of leaks of national security and defence intelligence related information.


Mr Martin said that, with John Moore again at the Defence helm, this trend should continue in 2000.


“A total of 27 significant leaks of Defence material that had a national security classification or were ‘Cabinet in Confidence’ occurred in 1999,” Mr Martin said.


"These leaks included highly sensitive DIO (Defence Intelligence Organisation) reports that were politically embarrassing for the Howard Government.


“While you cannot assume all of these leaks occurred out of Defence, the mere volume of Defence material that was leaked in 1999 is symptomatic of an organisation that has lost faith in its political leadership,” Mr Martin said.


Mr Martin’s comments were prompted by recent statements by Defence Intelligence officials that investigations were being conducted into each of the leaks and that, to date, one service officer and one civilian had had administrative charges brought against them.


“The Department of Defence has instigated an enhanced Defence security briefing program designed to educate all officers about the responsibilities of managing security information. This, however, is a band aid approach to What is a more significant problem - the complete lack of confidence of Defence officials in their current Minister,” Mr Martin said.


“If the Minister tried to develop a more professional and cooperative relationship with his Department - rather than continuing with his ‘them and us’ approach - it is likely that the number of leaks would reduce significantly.” Mr Martin said.


More Information: Amanda Forman on (02) 6277 4363 or 0413 602 230.


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