Opinion

Gagged: A brazen attack on Parliament and the public interest

By Richard Mulgan
Updated November 6 2018 - 1:22am, first published November 5 2018 - 8:58pm

Attorney-General Christian Porter's decision to suppress information in an Auditor-General's report on defence equipment marks a brazen and dangerous attack on the executive's accountability to Parliament and the public. Whether the decision is the result of government arrogance or capitulation to a powerful defence contractor remains unclear. Perhaps both motives are present. At any rate, the precedent should not be allowed to stand.

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