Journal article

Secret state, transparent subject: The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in the age of terror

J McCulloch, JC Tham

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2005


This article describes the secrecy provisions embodied in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment Act 2003 (Cwlth). The article explains how these provisions curb freedom of speech and remove ASIO's activities from the domain of public scrutiny. It argues that by effectively criminalising open discussion of ASIO's activities the provisions insulate much of the domestic 'war on terror' from the public gaze. It also argues that the provisions implicitly sanction lawlessness by ASIO in open breach of the rule of law. By undermining free speech and the rule of law, this legislation increases the risk of torture of persons detained by ASIO. The legislation also exa..

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