Review of Secrecy Laws (DP 74)

This Discussion Paper contains a more detailed treatment of the issues raised in the Issues Paper (IP 34) and indicates the Inquiry’s thinking in the form of specific reform proposals.

DP 74 is divided into 15 chapters. Proposals for reform are not spread evenly throughout. The early chapters provide mainly contextual or background material, which does not lend itself to specific reform proposals. Later chapters are more focused on technical aspects of the law and practice—it is in these chapters that the reform proposals are mainly found.

The chapters fall into four broad areas:

  • concepts and comparisons;
  • a general criminal secrecy offence;
  • specific secrecy offences; and
  • administrative duties, practices and procedures.

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