The IPA made a submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s inquiry into section 35P of the ASIO Act.
From the submission:
Some constraints on freedom of speech are justified. However, they are only justified to the extent that the conduct crosses the boundary between words and actions.
This submission addresses a provision which we believe is a clear threat to Australia’s freedom of speech rights: section 35P of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979, which creates a new offence of unauthorised disclosure of information.
Section 35P is an excessive limitation on free speech which is not justified in a liberal democratic society.
Continue reading the submission here.