Tag: public interest

Should an ongoing criminal investigation bar the return of unlawfully seized property?

BY JULES O’DONNELL

Earlier this year, the High Court unanimously ruled that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had unlawfully searched journalist Annika Smethurst’s home in 2018. The Court held that the warrant for the search was invalid because it did … Read the rest

The last word on the public interest in FOI: Australia and the United Kingdom compared

JBannisterBY JUDITH BANNISTER

Freedom of information (FOI) reform has often been slow in Australia. There was a decade (and a change of government) between Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election promise of freedom of information and the passing of the Commonwealth’s Freedom Read the rest

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