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Nationals MP blocks release of information over AFP travel probe
Jetsetting Nationals MP George Christensen has blocked the release of information about a federal police probe into his frequent travels to the Philippines during a four-year period.
The Queensland MP has used his right to deny the release of key documents relating to the year-long police "assessment" of his pattern of travels in southeast Asia.
About 57 folios of information containing who referred him to police and when, and also why the assessment ended, were set to be released at least in part by the Australian Federal Police.
But an investigation by Nine News, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald has been stymied because "a third party has objected to the disclosure of those documents".
Mr Christensen, who was re-elected in May with an 11.2 per cent swing towards him despite the controversy, has always labelled scrutiny, questions and concerns over his travel as a "vile smear".
He was dubbed the "Member for Manila" by colleagues after it emerged earlier this year he had taken 28 trips, spending almost 300 days in the Philippines between 2014 and 2018.
Federal police looked into his travel for more than a year including visits to areas known for their active nightlife and bar districts.
For five months Nine News, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald has been trying to access police records, and a letter sent by the AFP to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in mid-2018 under Freedom of Information laws.
Sources familiar with the contents of the letter have said it stated the "assessment" of Mr Christensen's travel had finished.