The purpose of the NSIA is to protect national security information from being disclosed in courts. But this can undermine a defendant’s ability to argue his or her innocence.
Since Timor-Leste's independence, relations with Australia have been undermined by contentious negotiations over oil and gas fields. But a new maritime border may mean brighter days ahead.
Australian laws make it inevitable for whistleblowers to be charged whenever national security might be involved, even when the information is in the public interest.
The prosecution wants a closed trial, while the defence wants to keep secret only what's necessary to protect Australia’s national security.
Prosecuting whistleblowers has the potential to further shake public confidence in Australia's criminal justice system.