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PM says no reason for Mal Brough to stand aside

UPDATE: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed Sunshine Coast MP Mal Brough after a raid by federal police, saying there is no reason for his Special Minister of State to stand aside.

Mr Turnbull, questioned by reporters on the issue, expressed his confidence in Mr Brough.

 "At this stage there's nothing to suggest that Mr Brough should stand aside,'' Mr Turnbull said.

It comes amid revelations on Thursday that Australian Federal Police 'raided' the home of Mr Brough as part of their investigations into the leaking of Peter Slipper's diary.

It is alleged Mr Slipper's former staffer, James Ashby, leaked extracts of the diary to the media and to Mr Brough in 2014.

"I can confirm reports that the AFP visited me on Tuesday requesting any documentation relating to allegations involving the disclosure of diary notes of Mr Slipper," Mr Brough said in a statement.

"I can also confirm that I provided the exact same material to the AFP as I previously provided to the Federal Court.

"Furthermore I advised the AFP that I would be happy to meet with them at any time in the future if need be."

The Australian reports that Mr Brough's home was raided by the AFP on the same day they visited the Beerwah home of Mr Ashby and former media adviser Karen Doane.

Member for Longman Wyatt Roy's office told the Sunshine Coast Daily on Thursday that the AFP had not been in contact with him at this stage.

Eight police officers searched the home of Mr Ashby, looking for items linked to diaries of former Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper.

Mr Ashby confirmed with the ABC that officers had visited his home about about 8am on Tuesday.

The former adviser made sexual harassment allegations in 2012 against his then-boss and former speaker, Mr Slipper.

Mr Ashby said on Tuesday was shocked by the search.

"Absolutely shocked and disappointed all in one," he said.

"They're looking for diary records, photographs, correspondence, notes, telecommunications records, travel records, accommodation records, postal records, receipts, spreadsheets, and newspaper articles that relate to the diaries of Peter Slipper."

Mr Brough has admitted he asked Mr Ashby to make copies of the Speaker's private diary.

Mr Brough confirmed his part in the plan to 60 Minutes in September last year, saying his actions were justified because Mr Slipper had committed a crime.

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