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AFP decides Labor’s claims not worth investigating

8 May 2017
The Hon Alan Tudge MP
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Human Services, Liberal Member for Aston

The Australian Federal Police will not be pursuing Labor's allegations that I broke privacy law.

The AFP evaluated the referral from the Labor Party. The Labor Party alleged that I had disclosed protected information without authorisation. The AFP has today advised that it will not be investigating further.

In a letter received from the Assistant Commissioner today, the AFP made clear that the protected information released by my office (prepared by my Department) was approved for release and was therefore not an unauthorised disclosure.

The decision to end the consideration of this referral is no surprise. Social security law and family assistance law allow for the release of limited information to respond to incorrect or misleading information in the media about specific cases, in order to maintain public confidence in the integrity of government programmes.

The Government takes privacy very seriously and complies with all the requirements of the relevant legislation.

Labor's referral was always a political stunt and part of its Centrelink scare campaign. While the Coalition is increasing resources to the AFP, the Labor Party is wasting them.