How secret trials grew to become and stay doable in Australia


There could very properly be secret prosecutions and secret jailings occurring now and so they can and can proceed till the legislation is reformed.

Former navy lawyer David McBride exterior the ACT Supreme Courtroom final 12 months (Picture: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Many readers would have a passing consciousness of the “Alan Johns” or “Witness J” matter, through which a former intelligence officer was secretly charged, arraigned, convicted, sentenced and imprisoned in a Canberra jail in “unprecedented” Kafkaesque-like model in early 2019.

However few would know of this telling change between Greens Senator David Shoebridge and the impartial nationwide safety laws monitor, Grant Donaldson SC, two months in the past.

“All the orders that had been made within the Alan Johns matter that gave rise to [its secrecy] had been made by the consent of the events,” Donaldson mentioned, as he fronted the Senate’s Authorized and Constitutional Affairs Laws Committee.

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