Police raid Labor Party offices in Melbourne following NBN leaks
- 20 May, 2016 08:50
Australian Federal Police (AFP) have raided Labor Party offices in Melbourne, following allegations of National Broadband Network (NBN) document leaks.
During an evening operation, plain-clothes police raided the parliamentary offices of Labor senator Stephen Conroy and a property on Allen Street in Melbourne, believed to be the home of a staffer for Labor communications spokesman, Jason Clare.
During the raids, AFP officers executed two search warrants concerning allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information.
Clare is believed to have been targeted specifically following a Fairfax Media story in February 2016 outlining “mounting delays and rising costs” of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s “cut-price” National Broadband Network.
According to the report, billed "commercial in confidence" and "for official use only”, there remains a “litany of problems” in delivering the Coalition's supposedly more budget-friendly fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model.
“Search warrants conducted in East Melbourne and Brunswick are part of a phased approach that the AFP has undertaken regarding this investigation,” a AFP statement read.
“The next phase of this investigation involves the examination and analysis of material collected during these search warrants.”
The AFP said the investigation has been undertaken independent of government, and decisions regarding yesterday’s activity were made by the AFP alone.
According to the AFP, the federal government and opposition were “appropriately notified and advised” of operational activity regarding the matter, with the NBN Co also processing assistance during the investigation.
AFP said the investigation remains ongoing, with further details provided in the near future.