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Minister: Privacy and Freedom Balance Possible

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2011

Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor says Australia is mature enough to resolve privacy concerns while maintaining freedom of expression and press, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The country is considering the introduction of a federal law to allow lawsuits after privacy violations. The government will likely release a discussion paper on the topic. With recent headlines on hacking scandals in the media, a debate about the balance between privacy and freedom of expression has been renewed. O'Connor says both are important ideals and that it's "not about one or the other." 
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