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Mr Downer's priorities: 9 months, 3 investigations and $265,000 - and climbing - spent on a leaked record of conversation.



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KEVIN RUDD M.P.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

MR DOWNER’S PRIORITIES: 9 MONTHS, 3 INVESTIGATIONS AND $265,000 - AND CLIMBING - SPENT ON A LEAKED RECORD OF CONVERSATION

Yet, for the leak of a top-secret national security document, he barely lifts a finger

The Department of Foreign Affairs revealed in Senate estimates today that it has spent nine months, undergone three investigations, and spent $265,000 on investigating the leak of a Record of Conversation between Foreign Minister Downer and New Zealand High Commissioner Kate Lackey.

Compare this astonishing investigation to the leaking of a top -secret national security document to a Melbourne journalist.

On 23 June 2003, Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun published an article in which he claimed to be quoting sections of a top-secret national security document on Iraq.

Foreign Minister Downer has been asked on several occasions in the Parliament and media about whether or not it was one of his staff members who leaked this top-secret document. He has been unable to confirm that it wasn’t.

It was only recently that he was able to confirm the matter was under an AFP investigation.

Mr Downer has a curious set of priorities if he will let the Department spend $265,000 (and climbing) and nine months investigating the leak of a Record of Conversation, yet barely lift a finger when it comes to the leaking of a top-secret national security document.

Ends. 6 November 2003

Further information: Kevin Rudd, MP 0418 796 931 or Alister Jordan 0417 605 823