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Oct 26, 2017

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The ABC's Brisbane offices have been searched by Queensland police over a series of stories based on leaked cabinet documents.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

ABC offices raided by police. Queensland police have raided the ABC's Brisbane office over a series of stories based on leaked cabinet documents. Executing a search warrant, the ABC reported yesterday that cabinet secretary Leighton Craig had complained to the police about the leak, saying they had been "improperly accessed". The stories by Mark Willacy and Alexandra Blucher detailed the decision making by former Premier Campbell Newman's government to cut the public service, including cuts to oversight of the coal-seam gas industry and how the government sold off a profitable climate change company. The journalists' union, the MEAA, has condemned the raid, saying it's an "outrageous attack on press freedom".

MEAA chief executive Paul Murphy said: "The role of the media in a healthy democracy is to scrutinise those in power. The execution of a search warrant to hunt for leaked Cabinet briefing documents is a belated attempt to pursue journalists' sources rather than address the matters raised in the legitimate journalism by two ABC reporters."

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