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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 668

Mr Melham asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 12 November 2008:

Does the Governor-General: (a) remain on the standard distribution list for all written assessments by the Office of National Assessments; and (b) receive assessments or briefings from any other Australian intelligence and security agencies; if so, which agencies.

Mr Rudd (Prime Minister) —I am advised that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   The Governor-General is included in the regular distribution of Office of National Assessments reports; and

(b)   I have agreed to the Governor-General being briefed by the other Australian intelligence and security agencies, as were her predecessors, so that, in appropriate circumstances, she may receive relevant material necessary for her to discharge her official responsibilities.