From Senate Hansard, 14 August 2007
(Question No. 3402)
Senator Nettle (New South Wales) asked the Minister for Justice and
Customs, upon notice, on 9 July 2007.(1)From 2005 to 2007, what has been the
total cost incurred by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in conducting
investigations into matters arising from the inquiry by the House of
Representatives Privileges Committee into ?documents fraudulently and
inaccurately written and issued in a member?s name?, also known as the April
Fools? Day inquiry.(2)On what date was the Honourable Gary Nairn MP, who
initiated the reference to the committee on 10 August 2005, advised by the AFP
that since the events occurred on April Fools? Day they may have been a
prank.(3)What costs were incurred by the AFP after Mr Nairn was advised that the
matter may have been an April Fools? Day prank.Answer
Senator Johnston (Western Australia?Minister for Justice and Customs)?The
answer to the honourable senator?s question is as follows:(1)The AFP has
conducted two separate investigations in relation to these matters.
(2)On 3 May 2005, the AFP wrote to the Hon Gary Nairn MP and advised of the
likelihood that the forged documents related to April Fools Day.(3)The cost
incurred by the AFP in the first investigation subsequent to the correspondence
to the Hon Gary Nairn MP on 3 May 2005 was approximately $25,000.00 (239.75
- The AFP investigated an allegation referred by the Hon Gary Nairn MP on
18 April 2005, for offences relating to forgery of documents. This
investigation was finalised in February 2006.
- The cost incurred by the AFP for this investigation was approximately
$25,000.00, primarily from the time allocated to the investigation (241.75
- The AFP conducted a second investigation in 2006 relating to similar
allegations which arose from a separate set of actions. The second
investigation was finalised in December 2006.
- The cost incurred by the AFP for the second investigation was
approximately $41,000.00, primarily from the time allocated to the
investigation (389 hours).