Mar 1, 2017

Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

So now we know, courtesy of ASIO Director-General Duncan Lewis' admission at Senate estimates yesterday, that ASIO has been pursuing journalists' sources using data retained under the government's mass surveillance regime.

In response to questioning from Nick Xenophon, Lewis admitted yesterday that ASIO had obtained a "small" number of warrants but declined to reveal how many.

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6 thoughts on “Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

  1. Bob Weis

    How long can this fool Brandis last? Maybe only as long as Malcolm who might be gone before I finish writing this.

    1. Longfulan

      ‘Malcolm who might be gone before I finish writing this’. One can only dream and hope.

  2. AR

    It behooves Crikey (I wouldn’t expect other meeja to know or care) to mention, every time the mass surveillance/meta data laws are mentioned that they only passed with the complicity of the ALP.
    Just another example of the lack of a ciggie paper between T1 & T2, like off shore detention (thanks to Krudd and reaffirmed at the last ALP conference) and now the glorious penalty rates hypocrisy.

  3. klewso

    …. Brandis has laws?

    1. AR

      … possibly he has in-laws? Despite being a scofflaw himself.

      1. klewso

        Surely he lives by just the one – “The Law of the Bungle”?

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