Australia police search Labor office over suspected broadband info leak

Reuters News
Posted: May 19, 2016 8:59 AM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Thursday searched an office belonging to the opposition Labor Party and the offices of a shadow minister over a suspected leak of information about the country's broadband upgrade, an MP and media said.

The searches came amid heightened political campaigning ahead of a national election, with polls indicating a tightly contested race.

Police were searching an office belonging to the Labor Party in Melbourne, shadow finance minister Tony Burke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Burke said the office raid was in relation to an investigation of a possible leak of government information about Australia's upgrade of its broadband.

Media also reported police searched the offices of another MP, Stephen Conroy, who previously oversaw Labor policy on the broadband upgrade.

Police "raided Senator Conroy's offices in Melbourne on Thursday evening over leaks that detailed cost and time blowouts to the National Broadband Network while Malcolm Turnbull was communications minister", the Australian Financial Review said.

Turnbull was communications minister from 2013 to 2015.

No other details were immediately available.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Nick Macfie)