PM ‘concerned’ that Mike Pezzullo allegedly tried to silence senator after AFP media raids | Australia news

Scott Morrison has labelled it “concerning” that home affairs department secretary Mike Pezzullo allegedly attempted to silence a senator’s criticism of the government’s handling of press freedom. Pezzullo has strongly rejected the suggestion he sought to intimidate Centre Alliance’s Rex Patrick, but acknowledged that he asked him to reflect on his “unfounded” comments in the […]

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Labor defends record on press freedom amid criticism it was ‘soft’ on law changes | Media

Labor will examine any legislative proposals to protect press freedom in Australia, it’s deputy leader says, with the storm surrounding last week’s police raids on journalists showing no signs of abating. Labor has defended its role in helping to pass national security legislation which curtailed media freedoms and protections for whistleblowers in the past two […]

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Whistleblower protections ‘a sham’, says lawyer whose leaks led to ABC raids | Media

The military lawyer whose leaks prompted this week’s police raids on the ABC has slammed Australia’s whistleblower protections as a “sham”, saying the government is acting like a “totalitarian regime” to shield itself from criticism. David McBride is facing lengthy jail time for providing documents to the public broadcaster on the conduct of special forces […]

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Peter Dutton denies prior knowledge of AFP raids on ABC and News Corp | Australia news

The home affairs minister Peter Dutton says he had no prior knowledge of raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corp journalist, and has praised the “important” work of the Australian federal police. Following two consecutive days of raids on journalists who had reported on defence matters, Dutton sought to distance himself […]

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Federal police must split from Dutton ministry to save integrity, says union | Australia news

The Australian federal police is losing its independence and integrity and must be separated from Peter Dutton’s home affairs portfolio, police union leaders have warned. The AFP was subsumed into the behemoth home affairs portfolio in late 2017, placing it under Dutton’s direct responsibility. But the Australian Federal Police Association, which represents 6,500 AFP members, […]

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Dutton’s airport ID checks are ripe for abuse and take us closer to a police state | Rex Patrick | Opinion

“Your papers please!” It’s a phrase associated with workings of a police state. It’s a trope favoured by Hollywood movies, but it’s an expression that can trigger dread for those who have had the misfortune to encounter the arbitrary power of an authoritarian government. And it’s a phrase you may soon hear when you arrive […]

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AFL boss asked for Tony Abbott’s office to check on visa for Argentinian polo player | Australia news

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has revealed he intervened in a second visa case, using contacts to ask then-prime minister Tony Abbott’s office about the business visa of a “friend of a friend” – an Argentinian polo player. At a Senate committee hearing in Canberra on Wednesday Labor senators failed to establish why Peter Dutton […]

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Police refer evidence to prosecutors over Michaelia Cash office union raid leak | Australia news

The Australian federal police have referred material to commonwealth prosecutors relating to a media tipoff about a police raid on the Australian Workers Union. The employment minister, Michaelia Cash, repeatedly denied that her office was involved but on 25 October her then-senior media adviser, David De Garis, resigned after Buzzfeed revealed he had tipped off […]

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Cabinet documents: staff disciplined over ‘extraordinary lapse of security’ | Australia news

A number of public servants have been sanctioned over the “extraordinary lapse of security” that led to the release of secret cabinet documents. In February, the ABC revealed papers covering details of five federal government cabinet meetings over a decade had been unsuspectingly sold off in a pair of locked filing cabinets at a secondhand […]

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