Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese were both quizzed today by Today‘s Tom Steinfort over the questions surrounding journalism raids and a free press.
Peter Dutton rejected calls to drop police action against three journalists (ABC & News Corp), declaring reporters are committing a crime by receiving top-secret documents.
“Nobody is above the law and the police have a job to do under the law,” he said.
“I think it is up to the police to investigate, to do it independently and make a decision about whether or not they prosecute.”
But Anthony Albanese, said, “Marise Payne, the foreign minster went overseas to this conference about press freedom but no-one here in the government is standing up for media freedom, and it is an embarrassment to our country.”
He added, “Quite clearly the government needs to show leadership on this issue.”
Peter Dutton noted: “These are laws that go back decades in western democracies like ours where, if you’ve got top secret documents and they’ve been leaked, it is an offence under the law and police have an obligation to investigate a matter referred to them..and they’ll do that.”
A parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security (PJCIS) to inquire into press freedom is due to report on October 17.
Via: The Age