Media Statement: Source of documents

Media Statement: Source of documents

PM&C
Friday, 02 February 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The AFP investigation into how and when the classified documents, obtained by the ABC, left the Commonwealth Government is ongoing.

It is now reasonably evident that the cabinets and documents which are the subject of the AFP investigation, came from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

While it remains unclear, it is likely this occurred some time ago.

This casts the Department in a poor light and this failure has implications for the rest of the Australian Public Service.

Accordingly, while the AFP investigation is ongoing, I will be instigating a review of the Department’s security procedures, practices and culture, including the implications for the Australian Public Service.

We continue to work closely with the AFP to support its investigation.

I have no further comment at this time.

Martin Parkinson