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Courier Mail article

​The Department of Home Affairs does not comment on the policies of political parties, or publicly state positions in relation to the current or prospective policies of political parties.

In response to a reasonable request from the Office of the Minister for Home Affairs on 25 May 2018, factual material was provided to the Office on current processes and guidelines under the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) and the Migration Regulations for assessing LGBQTI protection claims.

The Department did not authorise the release of an attributed response to the Courier Mail journalist, and was not made aware that its factual advice would form the basis of attributable statements to be passed to the journalist.

The Department is apolitical and impartial and treats it obligations under the Public Service Act most seriously in this regard.