Mr Bernard Collaery
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator the Hon Penny Wong
The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Joint media release
Today the Attorney-General, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC MP, discontinued the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery under section 71 of the Judiciary Act 1903.
"In taking this decision I have had careful regard to our national security, our national interest and the proper administration of justice.
"It is my view that the prosecution of Mr Collaery should end," Mr Dreyfus said today.
"I have therefore decided to exercise my power under section 71 of the Judiciary Act not to proceed with the prosecution of Mr Collaery."
This decision to discontinue the prosecution was informed by the Government's commitment to protecting Australia's national interest, including our national security and Australia's relationships with our close neighbours.
The Attorney-General has notified the ACT Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and Mr Collaery's legal representatives.