AUS­TRALIA WATERS DOWN REFUGEE SE­CRECY LAWS

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralia has wa­tered down con­tro­ver­sial laws that crit­ics say stop whistle­blow­ers from speak­ing out about al­leged abuse at offshore de­ten­tion camps. Doc­tors yes­ter­day wel­comed the move, which comes ahead of a High Court chal­lenge to se­crecy pro­vi­sions in­tro­duced last year which made it a jail­able of­fence for im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment work­ers to speak out about con­di­tions in the cen­tres. The de­part­ment last month qui­etly changed the def­i­ni­tion of im­mi­gra­tion work­ers to ex­clude med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, but only in­formed lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Doc­tors for Refugees this week. – AFP

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