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Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2009

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House of Representatives
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Amends the Evidence Act 1995 to amend the professional confidential relationship privilege provisions available to protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources in certain circumstances by: providing that courts observe public interest considerations; requiring courts to consider any likely harm to a journalist if certain evidence were given; repealing provisions for automatic loss of privilege in cases of misconduct; and removing the requirement for courts to give the greatest weight to any risk of prejudice to national security.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 19 Mar 2009
Second reading moved 19 Mar 2009
Second reading debate 14 May 2009
Second reading agreed to 14 May 2009
Third reading agreed to 14 May 2009
Introduced and read a first time 15 Jun 2009
Second reading moved 15 Jun 2009
Lapsed at end of Parliament 28 Sep 2010

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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