The theories aired have been ‘extraordinary and bizarre’, says Penny Wong

The prime minister’s department has revealed that a staff member who is working at Scott Morrison’s official residence, and who Labor on Monday alleged in a Senate estimates hearing has links to a conspiracy theorist, is yet to receive a security clearance.

Under questioning by Labor senator Penny Wong in the hearing, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s first assistant secretary, Gerard Martin, revealed that a staff member employed at Kirribilli House on 12 August – on the recommendation of the prime minister’s office – had received a police clearance but was awaiting a security clearance at a “negative vetting” level 2.

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