A laptop seized during a probe into MP entitlements in Western Australia may contain material showing “overseas sexual exploitation of minors”, the Attorney-General says.
The Corruption and Crime Commission is trying to re-seize the laptop, which is being held by the upper house amid a dispute between the two bodies.
Attorney-General John Quigley used parliamentary privilege on Thursday to claim the laptop may contain child exploitation material.
“A warrant was issued and a laptop taken and that led to a criminal investigation,” he said.
“I’m not saying there’s a crime committed because it’s very hard sometimes to tell the age of Asian girls, very hard.
“But there had to be an investigation as to what was on this computer and as to whether it involved overseas sexual exploitation of minors.
I’m not saying there’s a crime committed because it’s very hard sometimes to tell the age of Asian girls, very hard.
“That’s still a current ongoing inquiry and a computer is locked away in this parliament somewhere with that evidence.”
Opposition leader Liza Harvey said Mr Quigley should provide any evidence he has to the police.
“The Attorney-General is well-known for making unsubstantiated claims under the cover of parliamentary privilege,” she said.
The Legislative Council took possession of the laptop after it argued the device was subject to parliamentary privilege, which meant the CCC had overstepped its powers.
The battle has now gone to the WA Supreme Court.
John McKechnie was leading the investigation into the expenses scandal, but his reappointment as the CCC commissioner was recently blocked.