Wednesday, 7 September 2022
Australian Federal Police; Order for the Production of Documents
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 27 by omitting paragraphs (2) to (4).
I move the motion as amended:
(1) That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 14 September 2022, any documents and communication held by the International Command of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) related to training, capacity building, the provision of equipment and technology and advisory activities provided by the AFP to Myanmar police, intelligence or Ministry of Home Affairs personnel since 1 February 2021.
The government will not be supporting this motion. I can advise the Senate that since 1 February 2021 the Australian Federal Police International Command has not provided to the Myanmar police force any training, capacity building, advisory activities, or purchasing or gifting of any equipment or technology. The AFP International Command does not engage with the regime or military. Documents requested by this motion may reveal operational sensitivities and undermine the AFP's international partnerships, compromising Australia's national security interests and the security and protection of Australian citizens.