Public interest journalism    November 21, 2023

Review of Commonwealth Secrecy Provisions

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus KC MP announces overhaul of Australia’s secrecy laws … Ministerial approval for prosecution of journalists for certain offences to be required … Reduction in secrecy provisions … General secrecy offence to apply to Commonwealth officers and service providers … Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports … more


Public interest journalism    October 24, 2023

Public interest defence – first dibs

Indications that this might be a useful defence ... Focus on the publisher's belief, rather than conduct ... Factual accuracy not paramount ... Justice Lee in Heston Russell v ABC ... Professor David Rolph comments ... more