AFP says Labor raids 'second phase' of NBN probe
THE Australian Federal Police has raided senior Labor frontbencher Senator Stephen Conroy's Melbourne electorate office, over documents leaked from inside the National Broadband Network.
A second raid was also completed on another Labor staffer's home in Brunswick, Melbourne, after the NBN Co referred the issue to the AFP for investigation.
Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has labelled the raids, in the second week of a federal election campaign, as "unprecedented".
But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the raids were "entirely independent" of political interference.
The ABC reported this morning the AFP said the raids were connected to "allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information".
Some media have reported that both Mr Turnbull's office and the office of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were informed of the raid after they were completed last night.
Mr Shorten said this morning the raids may have been related to Mr Turnbull's stewardship of the NBN roll-out in his time as Communications Minister, but there is no evidence to tie Mr Turnbull or any other government MP to the AFP investigation.
An AFP statement said the raids were part of a "phased approach" to the investigation, with the second phase now underway to examine and analyse the "material collected during these search warrants".
"The federal government and opposition were appropriately notified and advised of operational activity regarding this matter after it commenced yesterday," the AFP said.
"The AFP has received assistance from the NBN Co in this investigation, which included facilitating interviews with a number of NBN Co employees as part of yesterday's activity."