Opinion

The wardens of secrecy discredit their own system

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated July 30 2022 - 2:25am, first published July 29 2022 - 2:00am
Australia's security legislation watchdog Grant Donaldson. Picture: Karleen Minney

Retired ACT Supreme Court Justice John Burns has copped a severe caning from the independent national security legislation monitor this week. It's over his handling of a case in which a man we cannot name was secretly charged with serious criminal offences, which cannot really be itemised other than in the most general way, who was tried in secret in a closed court with evidence we are not allowed to know about. He was found guilty and given a 31-month jail term in the ACT prison without the public - or even the ACT Attorney-General - being allowed to know anything about it.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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