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I'm not suggesting anything, but unusual for a politician to have police reporting his activities to his own government, and for so long.The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has confirmed it was making enquiries about regular travel and cash transfers to the Philippines by Queensland MP George Christensen for 12 months.
The AFP told a Senate estimates hearing today that inquiries began in late 2017, at least a year before Mr Christensen revealed he was the subject of a referral to police.
Senior members of the Government, including former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, were all briefed by police at different times.
Nationals leader Michael McCormack was also told about the investigation when he took over leadership of the party.
"We were concerned that the information that we were evaluating was becoming known," AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the hearing.
"I believe it was appropriate for [Deputy Prime Minister McCormack], because of the particular circumstances with the Deputy Prime Minister, to brief him."