As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of the public sector who have worked so hard to reduce COVID-19 numbers and keep us safe during this difficult time. Your efforts are appreciated and we hope you are enjoying a well-deserved drink at your local and the opportunity to catch up with loved ones.
In this edition, IBAC is in the news undertaking hearings in a number of states, including Victoria, examining dealings in the public transport sector, the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian School Building Authority. There has also been focus on what a Federal IBAC may look like.
Also topical, there have been some thoughts put forward by the Law Council about the need for law reform to balance the need to protect public interest journalism and the rights of an accused against the risk that releasing certain information may be prejudicial to national security.
In the Courts, consideration has been given to the meaning of a “gift” and “political donation” in the Electoral Act 2002 (Vic) in Harris v Victorian Electoral Commission  VSC 676.
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