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Review of Commonwealth Secrecy Offences (Royal Commissions)

The Law Council welcomes the opportunity to make this submission in response to the Attorney-General’s Department’s Consultation Paper Secrecy Provisions Review: Protections for individuals providing information to Royal Commissions (the Consultation Paper).

The Consultation Paper seeks views about the operation of the existing protections in Commonwealth secrecy offences for individuals who provide information to Royal Commissions.

The Law Council has not been able to provide a comprehensive response to the questions raised in the Consultation Paper due to the limited time period for consultation. In this regard, the Law Council relies on perspectives from its members and expert practitioners who have significant practical experience in these areas. However, consultation with these parties has been constrained due to the timeframes in which to respond.

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