Secrecy Reforms Keep Australia in the Dark

Yesterday, Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced reforms to the secrecy legislation that aims to harmonise the vast array of laws in regards to the protection of information. Stephen Hill asks Kieran Pender senior lawyer of the Human Rights Law Centre whether the changes provide an adequate balance between transparency and protection of government information.

Pender suggests the changes to secrecy law do not go far enough in winding back the excessive penalties and the threshold at which individuals who disclose information can be prosecuted.

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Produced By: Stephen Hill

Featured In Story: Kieran Pender, senior lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 22 November 2023