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Australia’s media organisations have joined forces to combat a level of suppression and censorship that has seen that nation languish amongst the lowest ranked western democracies in international press freedom ratings. The lobby group – called Australia’s Right To Know – held a major conference in March 2009 where prominent journalists, academics and industry leaders reviewed and debated the impact of key legislative and judge-made laws upon the work of journalists. This paper reviews that debate and assesses the steps needed to improve Australia’s international press freedom standing. It pays special attention to the potential impact of changes to the laws of freedom of information, privacy and whistleblower protections upon truth-seeking and truth-telling by Australian journalists.
This document has been peer reviewed.