50 years on: police raids on journalists have a long history

By Patricia Clarke
November 9 2019 - 5:00am

The recent raid on journalist Annika Smethurst's home is not the first on a Canberra journalist's home. Fifty years ago, on the morning of 23 May 1969, Inspector Allan Watt, armed with Crimes Act search warrants, led nine Commonwealth Police in a raid on the home of journalist Max Newton at the corner of Kent Street and Strickland Crescent, Deakin. During the next 11 hours they searched not just desks and filing cabinets but toilet cisterns, beds, children's books, telephone directories, cupboards, refrigerator, stove, washing machine, soiled clothing hampers and wastepaper baskets.

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