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Senate Inquiry pushes for Press Freedom in Australia



Australia’s Press freedom inquiry requests Australian Government proves actual harm by journalists publishing classified information

Australian Government agencies should have to prove “real and serious” harm caused by any publication that contains classified intelligence and information before a criminal investigation can be launched, according to a Senate committee investigating press freedom in Australia.

The inquiry which has been dominated by Labor and Greens senators, and chaired by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, has been demanding an urgent review of national security legislation, finding a culture of secrecy has permeated through the current government.

Hanson-Young says the call to action was sparked back in 2019, after the Australian Federal Police raided the Canberra home of then News Corp political journalist Annika Smethurst and the Sydney headquarters of the ABC over separate stories based on leaked classified documents.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young chaired an inquiry into press freedom. / Photo: AP

The raid sparked anger across the Australian media and brought disparate publishers and broadcasters together under a campaign banner that demanded greater protections for journalists and whistleblowers.

No charges were made against Ms Smethurst or the ABC journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, despite police investigations dragging on for many years.

In its final report determined current legislation that protects secret information was far too broad, and “capture[d] a range of ordinary journalistic activity”

AFP officers entering the ABC headquarters in 2019 as part of an investigation into leaks / Photo: ABC

“It’s a really worrying sign, we need press freedom in this country to ensure Government accountability and a robust democracy”

Sarah Hanson-Young told Ticker News

The Greens Senator says that journalists in Australia deserve press freedom – and Aussies deserve to know the truth, ‘especially with what is happening in Government.’

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Four dead in Russian military plane crash



Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney



Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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