Australia Set to Toughen Secrecy Laws for Public Servants

New Legislation Aims to Protect Government Functioning

In a move to safeguard the workings of government, the federal government of Australia proposes a law to criminalise the leaking of sensitive information by commonwealth officials. The attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, announced on Tuesday that the new legislation will consolidate existing secrecy offences.

This overhaul comes with a notable clause requiring ministerial consent for prosecuting journalists who publish public interest stories. Additionally, the proposed law aims to lift criminal liability from numerous current offences, streamlining legal boundaries for public servants and press alike.

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