Post written by Susan Connelly
17 October, 2019

A Secretive State: The Collaery Trial and National Security Disclosures
Kieran Hardy – Australian Public Law – 6 November 2019
“The Collaery trial is a single prosecution, but it reflects a wider trend in which the federal government has sought to clamp down on the public discussion of national security information. It signals a willingness in government to prosecute whistleblowers for revealing sensitive information, even where the discloser’s intention is to promote transparency, accountability and benefit the wider public interest. The definition of what constitutes national security information has also expanded to the point where it no longer relates merely to security, defence or political violence, but to all political and economic relations with other countries.”






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