Audio interview

Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files".

Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International, and a former Commissioner of the State's Independent Commission Against Corruption.

He says the laws are too broad, the defences are too narrow, and that they must be re-written to protect the media and whistleblowers.

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