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Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2009


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends the Evidence Act 1995 to amend the professional confidential relationship privilege provisions available to protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources in certain circumstances by: providing that courts observe public interest considerations; requiring courts to consider any likely harm to a journalist if certain evidence were given; repealing provisions for automatic loss of privilege in cases of misconduct; and removing the requirement for courts to give the greatest weight to any risk of prejudice to national security.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19/03/09  
Second reading moved 19/03/09  
Second reading debate 14/05/09  
Second reading agreed to 14/05/09  
Third reading agreed to 14/05/09  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15/06/09  
Second reading moved 15/06/09  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 28/09/10  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Referred to Committee (19/03/2009): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
  • Committee report (12/05/2009)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees