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About this inquiry

An inquiry into the adequacy of Commonwealth laws and frameworks covering the disclosure and reporting of sensitive and classified information.

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

10 Feb 2020: Canberra, ACT
15 Nov 2019: Canberra, ACT
18 Oct 2019: Canberra, ACT


Inquiry Status

Submissions closed


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Press Freedom

On 23 July 2019, the Senate referred an inquiry into press freedom to the Environment and Communications References Committee for report by 4 December 2019.

The closing date for submissions is 30 August 2019

On 14 October 2019 the Senate granted an extension of time to report to 16 March 2020.

On 16 March 2020, the Committee presented a progress report recommending that the Senate grant an extension of time to report until 20 May 2020.

On 26 March 2020, the reporting date was extended from 20 May 2020 to the second sitting Wednesday of 2021. 

Please note that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is currently conducting a similar inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press. Details about this separate inquiry can be found here.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818