Australian federal police officers have raided the Department of Home Affairs headquarters in Canberra.
The search follows revelations that Peter Dutton, the Home Affairs minister, helped to prevent the deportation of two foreign au pairs after lobbying from AFL chief Gillon McLachlan and Russell Keag, a former police colleague to the minister.
The AFP has confirmed it received a referral from the Department of Home Affairs on August 30 “regarding an unauthorised disclosure of information” and that “the matter has been accepted for investigation”.
“The AFP has undertaken enquiries and conducted a number of activities in relation to this investigation,” it said.
The Guardian reports the AFP is searching personal devices and a workspace.
It also reports that the Opposition has sought to apply privilege to any documents or information seized by police during the search.
Investigators must now hand over any such material to the Senate Clerk until it can be examined by a Senate committee.
If the material is deemed to be privileged information, the documents will not form part of the AFP investigation.
Last month, Dutton narrowly avoided a no-confidence motion in parliament after a Senate inquiry found that he misled parliament about the au pair saga.
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