Australian Federal Police raid Labor offices over NBN leaks to media

The Australian Federal Police raided Labor Party offices last night after receiving complaints from the National Broadband Network Company over leaks of Commonwealth information to the media.

The AFP said it executed two search warrants in Melbourne yesterday as part of an investigation concerning “allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information”.

It is understood the Federal Police searched the Treasury Place office of former communications minister Stephen Conroy and the Brunswick home of a Labor staffer on Thursday night.

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese told Nine’s Today show the raid on the staffer’s home was only completed in the early hours of this morning.

“It is quite extraordinary that the Australian Federal Police left this staff member’s home just half an hour ago. What that means is that it has been quite an extraordinary raid over an extensive period of time in extraordinary circumstances during an election campaign,” he said.

“The AFP have made that statement but we know that Malcolm Turnbull is very precious and we also know that Malcolm Turnbull has doubled the costs of the NBN and halved the speed. We know that he was desperate to stop it getting out that the roll-out is way behind time.”

The AFP has said its investigation was “undertaken independent of government, and decisions regarding yesterday’s activity were made by the AFP alone”.

“Search warrants conducted in East Melbourne and Brunswick are part of a phased approach that the AFP has undertaken regarding this investigation. The next phase of this investigation involves the examination and analysis of material collected during these search warrants,” the AFP said, in a statement.

“The Federal Government and opposition were appropriately notified and advised of operational activity regarding this matter after it commenced yesterday.”

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “This is entirely a matter for the AFP. They operate entirely independent of government and the Labor Party knows that as well as I do.”


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