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Australian civil liberties are under attack, and it is incumbent on all of us to pay attention

Labor probably thought this would be a week where they got some credit for plans to improve press freedoms – even if they did face ongoing criticism over their patchy record on whistleblowers.

  • Rachel Withers
  • The Monthly

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus’s response to the long-awaited review proposed journalists be protected from prosecution for publishing classified information, while removing criminal liability from 168 of 875 secrecy offences.

It was a “good start”, even if it didn’t go far enough, the Human Rights Law Centre’s Kieran Pender told the ABC.

But it wasn’t…

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