Secrecy legislation should be ‘redrafted from scratch’, journalist union says


Bill contains prison terms of up to 20 years for dealing with or publishing protected information harmful to Australia

The Turnbull government’s concessions on secrecy laws do not go far enough and the legislation should be “withdrawn and redrafted from scratch”, Australia’s journalist union has argued.

Pate 4dThis week the Coalition watered down its proposed foreign interference laws following pressure from media organisations, Labor and the Greens, which opposition leader Bill Shorten had said would see journalists “imprisoned simply for doing their jobs”.

The bill currently contains prison sentences of up to 20 years for dealing with or…

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