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Labor anger after NBN employee spread raid photos before files were sealed

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Raymond Maxwell
May 20, 2016 01:38
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Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor has complained to the Australian federal police that an NBN staff member disseminated photos taken during Thursday night s police raid on the former communication minister Stephen Conroy s office which could have included the party s broadband policy.

The federal Labor party was engaged in a legal wrangle with the AFP for most of Friday and has secured agreement that the material seized in the dramatic late-night raids, part of an investigation into damaging leaks regarding the National Broadband Network, is covered by parliamentary privilege and will be sealed and stored by the clerk of the Senate, probably until parliament resumes after the election campaign.

The AFP agreed the NBN staff member, who was present during the raids and taking photographs, would download the photos he took, store them on a USB drive to be included with the sealed material, and then delete them from his mobile phone.

But then the AFP advised Labor that the staff member had already disseminated the images, prompting an angry letter from Labor s lawyer, Paul Galbally.

Labor sources say the party s broadband policy was among the documents the AFP looked through during the lengthy raids.

The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, said it was it is inconceivable that NBN Co would launch a police investigation and not make it clear to the owner of the company the federal government what is happening .

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