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JOINT NEWS RELEASE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP THE HON. PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

26 September 2001

REPORTS WRONG

Media reports today claim that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has launched an urgent investigation into a man who claims to be an associate of Osama bin Laden.

This is wrong and alarmist.

No such investigation has been launched as it is not required.

It is the practice of successive Australian governments not to comment in detail on matters of national security. We do not intend to comment further on this report.

Media contacts: Catherine Fitzpatrick (Mr Williams) (02) 6277 7300/ 0419 423 965 Steve Ingram (Mr Ruddock) (02) 6277 7860/ 0419 278 715