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Australia’s national security laws to be scrutinised as inquiry into secret Witness J case begins

The Law Council of Australia has called for changes to the country's national security laws, to ensure cases are not kept secret from the public, like that of so-called "Witness J".

Witness J, dubbed by the courts as “Alan Johns”, was convicted and sentenced in complete secrecy in 2019 for five offences related to the mishandling of classified information.

  • Elizabeth Byrne
  • ABC

Today’s inquiry before the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor will consider whether the laws that kept his case hidden were appropriately used, and will hear evidence from ASIO, the attorney-general’s…

The inquiry is considering if the law should be changed to create a more open system, but one that still…

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