The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will investigate the leak of classified documents about the timeframe for building Australia's new fleet of submarines. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the investigation.
The papers show that under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's reign, the plan was to bring new 12 submarines into service by the mid-2020s.
The story published information from a classified draft of the defence white paper written while Abbott was PM and while Kevin Andrews
was defence minister.
Turnbull said Defence had consistently advised the government it was highly unlikely the first of the new submarines could be delivered by 2026 and instead claim they always expected them to arrive in the early 2030s.
The classified documents were leaked to The Australian's foreign editor Greg Sheridan
and Mr Abbott has denied any involvement, saying he was 'flabbergasted' to discover there was a delay on the arrival of the subs.
Amid speculation over the source of the leak, Abbott said he was not to blame. “I don’t leak, I don’t background against colleagues. If I’ve got something to say, I say it,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.