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Government accountability falls through WikiLeaks ‘memory hole’

The Government has invented a new reason to avoid answering questions in Senate Estimates hearings today, refusing to address topics relating to leaked documents.

"The Government has set an arbitrary and dangerous precedent based on nothing more than discomfort at revelations in successive WikiLeaks disclosures," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam hit the WikiLeaks barrier in Senate Estimates hearings today when he asked the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office about the prospects of uranium sales to India.

"In February it was revealed that Energy Minister Martin Ferguson had told US embassy staff Australia could be selling uranium to India within three to five years, but because this was made public as the result of a leak, the Government now refuses to answer questions on the matter," he said.

When asked about revelations over Burma's alleged nuclear weapons program, the imaginary defence was invoked again.

"The Government refuses to explain on what public interest immunity grounds this subject is being suppressed. If at the whim of a Minister entire subjects can be rendered out of bounds to a Senate committee, we've crossed into dangerous territory."

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