Monday, 2 December 2019
Questions without Notice
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Senator Birmingham. The Prime Minister and the minister have both repeatedly promised this parliament that they would cooperate fully with the New South Wales police investigation into the minister's use of a fraudulent document. Has the minister directed his department to fully cooperate with the New South Wales police investigation? Has his department provided all relevant data, data logs and metadata it holds in relation to the internet use of the minister and his office to the New South Wales police?
I thank the senator for her question. The government's commitment to cooperate in relation to the investigation around those documents is firm, and it extends to departmental agencies, as it does to government ministers and their staff. In terms of any requests for information that may have been provided, I'm not aware that any have been received from the New South Wales police. If any have, I will update the Senate.
I refer to the reports that Strike Force Garrad, established by the New South Wales police Crime Command's Financial Crimes Squad, is travelling to Canberra this week to interview Minister Taylor and his staff. Has the minister or anyone in his office spoken to the New South Wales police?