Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:18

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Documents seized by the AFP from the parliamentary office of Labor MP Jason Clare during a raid on 24 August should be returned, a bipartisan panel has ruled.

A claim of parliamentary privilege was made after the raid and the documents were kept in the custody of the clerk of the house. Parliament will now have to vote on whether to accept this recommendation.

The panel, made up of six Liberal MPs and five Labor members, recommended that parliament uphold the claim of parliamentary privilege by Clare and that the AFP be advised of the ruling.

The AFP raids on were carried out to try and determine the source of material for a number of stories about the NBN.

During the federal election campaign, the federal police conducted raids on the offices of then shadow defence spokesman Stephen Conroy and the home of a staffer to Clare.

NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski defended the May raids in an op-ed written for the Fairfax press. He was later found to have breached caretaker conventions by doing so.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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