The trial of Witness K should serve as a warning to all Australians, as whistleblowers will continue to be tried behind closed doors.
While it seems Peter Dutton’s AFP will no longer actively pursue journalists who expose government secrets, the hunt for those who leak the information will continue.
It’s not just extreme examples like Julian Assange, the right to be heard, and the concept of dissent have been severely wounded.
With the government bringing criminal charges against the Witness K, the whistleblower that exposed their wrongdoing, we’re stepping closer to the police state we fear.
Late last year, Malcolm Turnbull contemporised WW1-era laws, which now involves jailing those citizens who leak information the government wants to keep under wraps.