Bernard Collaery Witness K trial
Bernard Collaery. (Image: AAP/Rod Mcguirk)

Is a decision looming over whether Bernard Collaery's trial will be held in open court? Plus The Australian continues to run interference for Dyson Heydon, and Quillette will defend your right to free speech to the death (unless it offends them). Plus other tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Welcome to the police state It seems that soon, we will know how much will be made public about one of Australia's great hidden crimes. Since late May the pre-trial hearing for lawyer Bernard Collaery (who advised intelligence whistleblower Witness K) has been running behind doors not so much closed as bolted shut.

Several high profile figures -- including former foreign minister Gareth Evans, retired admiral Chris Barrie and former Timor-Leste leader Xanana Gusmao -- have provided arguments that the trial should be in open court.