"This is the first I've heard of it so I think I'd be pretty safe in saying there was nothing done by the Howard government to suppress any report of this incident."A few hours later his own party leader admits he knew about it:
He denies it was kept quiet because it was politically sensitive.Total secrecy was just Standard Operating Procedure. Because of Teh Terrrrsm, you know.
You have to wonder what Robert Hill never told Nelson when he handed over the Defence portfolio.