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Supplementary submission: Inquiry into the Impact of the Exercise of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Powers on the Freedom of the Press

On 14 August 2019, the Law Council of Australia appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in relation to the inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press.

The Law Council accepted a further invitation by the Committee to appear on 20 September 2019. In the course of the September public hearing, the Law Council undertook to take several matters on notice.

This additional submission provides responses to those specific matters for the benefit of the Committee, in addition to responses to answers provided by the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Home Affairs. This submission also briefly addresses the Ministerial Direction issued to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on 19 September 2019 by the Attorney-General. This submission is ancillary to the Law Council’s written submissions to the Inquiry of 7 and 23 August.

You can read the full submission below.

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