Senate debates

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Answers to Questions on Notice

Question Nos 2626, 2794 and 2795

3:13 pm

Photo of George BrandisGeorge Brandis (Queensland, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Of course it is not the policy of the Australian government, nor has it been the policy of any Australian government, to countenance human rights abuses. I do have a little more information than I had a moment ago in relation to the three questions on which you inquire. The answer to question 2626 is available. The answers to questions 2794 and 2795, which were directed to the area of the portfolio within the responsibility of Mr Keenan, are not available, because a full answer to your question requires input from a number of agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AUSTRAC. That information will be available to you when all of the relevant stakeholder agencies have been fully consulted. Given the gravity of the things you say, I would have thought that you would have been more interested in a thorough response in which all relevant government instrumentalities and agencies who may be able to contribute to the answer have been thoroughly consulted.


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