Peter Dutton, Gestapo Minister
2020-01-23 01:38:54 UTC
forcefully implementing brutal and racist policies which gives the hard
right LNP supporters ongoing hard-ons. And no effort must be spared to
stop factual information getting into the public domain about Dutton's
nasty and expensive machinations.
"Peter Dutton's office was suspected of leaking 'classified' medevac
FOI documents show a member of Peter Dutton's office requested
details of the costs to medevac refugees to Taiwan
A day later, the information appeared in The Courier Mail
The AFP investigated the disclosure but determined no further
action was required
" The office of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was suspected of
leaking information it was told was classified about the cost of
medically evacuating refugees to Taiwan, as the Government geared up to
campaign against newly passed medevac legislation last year.
The disclosure of the information concerned the secretary of the Home
Affairs Department, Michael Pezzullo, so greatly that he requested the
matter be referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation.
In February 2019, parliament passed new legislation that provided greater
power to medical practitioners to transfer asylum seekers and refugees
with medical conditions to Australia for care.
The legislation passed after concerns were raised by former staff on
Nauru and Manus Island about delays in urgent medical evacuations to
Australia. It was strongly opposed by the Government and was eventually
repealed in December 2019.Documents obtained by 7.30 under Freedom of
Information laws show that an unknown member of Mr Dutton's office
verbally requested details of the costs to medically evacuate refugees to
Taiwan for treatment.
An email was sent later that day on March 8, 2019, by Australian Border
Force commander Sneha Chatterjee providing a costing of $260,000 to
$300,000 to the ministerial staffer, but warned them the information was
"As always, please note that the information contained in this email is
classified and should not be publicly released without the authority of
the Department of Home Affairs," Ms Chatterjee wrote.
"In accordance with our long-standing practices, should you wish for
unclassified media lines to be prepared in relation to this issue please
contact the Home Affairs media coordination team."
A day later, that same information then appeared in an article in The
Courier Mail setting out the cost to taxpayers of $300,000 for a transfer
* Leak referred to federal police for investigation*
The Department of Home Affairs referred the information contained in the
article to the AFP on March 18 as an alleged unauthorised disclosure.
The AFP's Offshore and Sensitive Investigations team, which handles
matters relating to alleged unauthorised disclosures, then commenced an
At some point during their investigation, federal agents determined that
it would take no further action on the case. It is unclear if this was
because the information had since been declassified by either the
department or minister.
7.30 put questions to Mr Dutton about the circumstances of the
disclosure. A spokeswoman said "the minister has no comment".
It is not suggested that Mr Dutton was personally involved in the
disclosure of the information.
*AFP lost 'time and effort' on investigation"
The incident appears to have caused some tensions between the department
and the AFP over how the referral was handled.
In July 2019, the AFP sought a meeting with the department to advise that
it had finalised the investigation and intended to take no further action.
In an internal email before the meeting, the coordinator of Offshore and
Sensitive Investigations told Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz: "The
main purpose of the meeting from my perspective is to ensure that
departments are making all the appropriate enquires before matters are
hurriedly referred to the AFP on the request of Department Secretary.
"In this matter enquiries by the HA Secretary with the MHAO [Minister for
Home Affairs Office] would have saved the AFP a lot of time and effort.
"Department secretary's needs [sic] to start owning some of these
On the day that some documents were first released to 7.30 relating to
this case in October 2019, the Department of Home Affairs released a
statement saying that "the referral to the AFP was erroneous".
A spokeswoman for the Department of Home Affairs told 7.30 that
"following changes to the AFP's referral process earlier this year,
referrals must now identify the harm to the Department, national security
or Australia's interests now and/or in the future.
"The department and portfolio are aligned with the new referral
processes," she said."
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