Closed courtrooms, police raids on journalists, whistle blowers facing prison terms for sharing sensitive information. Is Australia becoming a secret state? Who should decide what we can and can’t know?
Lawyer Bernard Collaery is facing jail for revealing national secrets relating to the bugging of East Timor’s cabinet room to gain an advantage in oil and gas negotiations. A man known only as “Witness J” was jailed in the ACT for 15 months for unspecified offences after a secret trial – a case even the ACT Government knew nothing about. And News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst had her home raided by AFP officers and was threatened with charges after revealing a spy agency’s plans to step up domestic spying against Australians.
Joining Hamish on the panel live:
Dennis Richardson, Former Director-General of ASIO
Nick Xenophon, Lawyer and former Senator
Annika Smethurst, News Corp journalist and AFP raid victim
Clinton Fernandes, National security analyst
Jacinta Carroll, Counter-terrorism expert
Read more about our panelist here.
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