Chapter 19 - Relations with the executive government

Questions concerning security matters

It has been the policy of successive governments that questions seeking information concerning the activities of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) or the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) will not be answered. On 15 July 1975, in reply to a question on notice, the minister representing the Attorney‑General stated that it is not the practice to give information relating to ASIO operations (SD, 15/7/1975, p. 2733). In the debate on the Supply Bill (No. 1) 1976‑77, a minister stated that it was the practice of governments not to answer questions on the appropriation of funds for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (SD, 4/6/1976, pp 2423). Officers of ASIO, however, now appear at estimates hearings and answer questions.

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