House debates

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Questions without Notice

Criminal Investigations

2:27 pm

Photo of Bob KatterBob Katter (Kennedy, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Attorney-General. Is the minister aware that since September 2013, the home of stud breeder, Heather Brown Pascoe, national campaigner for protection of prime farmland has been broken into three times. A past lead columnist for the Australian, with four generations of farming, Heather had her computers and files rifled and information on government political figures purloined. Since no-one is aware of any police action to investigate the case, can the minister advise if there has been any communication between police and state or federal ministers and, if so, what that communication was?

2:28 pm

Photo of Ms Julie BishopMs Julie Bishop (Curtin, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

I represent the Attorney General in the House. I thank the member for Kennedy for his question. It is clearly a matter of some concern to a constituent or someone known to him. I am not aware of the specific allegations, but I will certainly take the matter on notice. I will raise it with the Attorney-General and, indeed, with the Minister for Justice, who is responsible for the Australian Federal Police, and I will come back to him when I have some details.