24 May 2018

It is now seven months since the Turnbull Government’s politicisation of regulatory agencies was sensationally exposed by a leak to the media of the Registered Organisation Commission raid on the AWU.  It is seven months since Minister Cash misled the Senate five times by falsely denying that her office was the source of the leak.  It is seven months since the AFP launched a criminal investigation into the leak.

Yet, Minister Cash is still hiding from scrutiny.

In Senate Estimates today, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin confirmed it is normal practice for the AFP to speak to anyone who has relevant information to an investigation.  However, the AFP did not disclose whether it has interviewed Minister Cash. 

Considering Minister Cash received a confession from her former staff member, it is clear that if the AFP hasn’t sought to interview Minister Cash it would be out of the ordinary.  The Minister must now answer whether such a request has been made and whether she has cooperated with the investigation.

It is in the public interest to know if the AFP is investigating the Minister’s and her office’s role in the leak and Senator Cash should come clean. 

For months now the Minister has been missing in action, avoiding scrutiny. 

This is a Minister with no standing or authority. Despite misleading the Senate five times by falsely claiming her office did not leak the ROC raids, she has since refused to explain the conduct of her office and abuse of Ministerial power by hiding behind claims of public interest immunity, hiding from the media and failing to turn up to Estimates today, despite being named on the official program.

Senator Cash’s conduct is treating the Parliament and the Australian people with contempt.  

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