The credibility of Australia's government is rather toasted right now. Nobody believes them. We sent troops to Iraq, and amazingly got that big AU$4 billion/year trade deal with the USA right after it. Alexander Downer (For those who don't know, as the head of DFAT, Downer inherited control of ASIS.) is probably about as trusted as Bush and Blair. The funny thing about it is, they just quoted him on the news here. The news reader started with "Alexander Downer, if you can believe him, said..."