AFP targets Labor offices

Labor isn’t having the best lead-up to the July 2 Federal Election.

On Thursday Bill Shorten’s convoy witnessed a head on collision in the New South Wales Hunter Valley and later Labor Party offices in Melbourne were raided by Federal Police.

The raid at the office of former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy reportedly had something to do with the alleged leaking of documents from the National Broadband Network.


It’s alleged those papers may have contained information that related to the NBN roll-out being slower and more expensive under the Coalition than under Labor.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told media in Sydney the raids were “an extraordinary development”.

Shortly after 11pm, up to ten plain-clothes officers raided a Brunswick house believed to be the home of a Labor staffer.

Two staffers for Labor’s communications spokesman Jason Clare, one of whom is a former staffer to Senator Conroy, are believed to be targeted by the raids. One of the staffers is a key operative in Labor Party campaign headquarters.

Shadow finance spokesman Tony Burke questioned the timing of the raids.

But Coalition MP Christopher Pyne told Channel Nine the “Australian public have a lot of faith in the Australian Federal Police, as they do in the Police Forces generally around the country”.

“I think the idea that the Australian Federal Police would time this raid on Steph Conroy’s office and staffers from the Labor Party because of a Medicare announcement by Bill Shorten yesterday is nothing short of loopy.

“The truth is the Australian Federal Police make their own decisions about when they launch investigations and how they operate, you have to take that on the chin and rather than the Labor Party recognising the seriousness of the involvement that they may have had, obviously that is the allegation because their officers are being [searched] they are choosing the attack the Australian Federal Police” Mr Pyne finished.

It’s also understood that up to 20 NBN Co employees have been interviewed by the AFP over the leak.