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Traditional army lawyer David McBride will quickly face trial accused of leaking classified defence information. What does this say about Australia?
In two months, the Australian whistleblower David McBride will face a jury in a courtroom in Canberra. His court date will coincide with the start of another parliamentary sitting week. Across Lake Burley Griffin, the Albanese executive will talk up its give a boost to for transparency, integrity and whistleblower protections. In the ACT Supreme Court, a whistleblower will roam on trial.
McBride, a venerable army lawyer who served two tours in Afghanistan, is alleged to have leaked paperwork to the ABC that detailed allegations of war crimes dedicated by the Australian Defence Power. Several years earlier than the Brereton story stumbled on credible proof for these horrific claims, and well earlier than the Federal Court stumbled on that venerable soldier Ben Roberts-Smith had murdered unarmed civilians while serving in Afghanistan, McBride’s whistleblowing is alleged to have resulted in ABC’s “Afghan Recordsdata” exposé.
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Kieran Pender is a senior lawyer in the Democratic Freedoms team at the Human Rights Law Centre. He works to provide protection to Australia’s whistleblowers, battle secrecy, protect free speech and prevent mass surveillance.