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Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2011


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Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010



Type
Private
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Sponsor
WILKIE, Andrew, MP

Summary

Amends the: Evidence Act 1995 to extend protection to confidential communications between journalists and their sources by: presuming the communication is not subject to disclosure unless established as necessary or that public interest concerns outweigh the disclosure; and extending this privilege to all professional confidential relationships and to all prosecutions for Commonwealth offences heard in all Australian courts; and Family Law Act 1975 to make consequential amendments.

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 18/10/10  
Referred to Main Committee 20/10/10  
Second reading moved 25/10/10  
Second reading debate 25/10/10  
Second reading agreed to 28/10/10  
Third reading agreed to 28/10/10  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15/11/10  
Second reading moved 15/11/10  
Second reading debate 15/11/10  
Second reading agreed to 15/11/10  
Committee of the Whole debate 03/03/11 Amendment details: 2 Australians Greens agreed to
Third reading agreed to 03/03/11  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 21/03/11 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 21/03/11  
Assent 12/04/11 Act no.: 21 of 2011
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 7018]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Opposition [sheet 6190]
BRANDIS, Sen George

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (15/11/2010): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Report due 23/11/2010; Report tabled 23/11/2010
  • Committee report (23/11/2010)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )