John Power reports:
Australia’s privacy and transparency watchdog was given less than 24 hours to review the government’s proposed secrecy laws while they were being drafted, The New Daily can exclusively reveal.
The Attorney-General’s Department provided the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) with a draft of the legislation – which introduces heavy jail terms for handling sensitive government information – several weeks before its announcement to gather feedback and recommendations.
But emails obtained under freedom of information laws reveal the OAIC was given a deadline of just one day to assess the contentious Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill.
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