Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten

AFP RAIDS: Who knew what and when?

LABOR leader Bill Shorten claimed yesterday that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull might have been involved in a federal police raid on an Opposition frontbencher's office late on Thursday night.

Police conducted a search at Senator Stephen Conroy's Melbourne office and a second raid on the Bruns-wick home of a Labor staffer in relation to a leak of documents from the National Broadband Network.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said yesterday the raids were part of an investigation that began in December after NBN Co referred the leak to the AFP for investigation.

He said Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten's offices, as well as Sen Conroy's office, were notified after the raids began on Thursday, and that ministerial offices had no knowledge of the investigation before that time.

Mr Turnbull said he was made aware of the raids only after they had begun, and Labor was "seeking to attack the integrity of the Australian Federal Police".

Mr Shorten denied he was questioning the integrity of the police, instead suggesting the government might have asked NBN Co to refer the matter to the police.

He said the police investigation was requested by NBN Co, "the flagship of Malcolm Turnbull's time in government", and that the government could not "distance itself" from the issue.

Mr Colvin said several documents were seized during the raids, but those documents had subsequently been sealed after they were claimed to be protected under parliamentary privilege.

Sen Conroy was part of a Senate committee investigating the NBN rollout.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said the raids raised questions about "the integrity of Malcolm Turnbull" and it seemed leaks from the national security committee of Cabinet were not treated in the same way.

Mr Colvin said the NBN Co investigation had not been treated any differently than any other and that "external events" such as the federal election played no part in the decision to conduct the raids this week.

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