We know from recent history of the Church’s secrecy and avoidance of open process. But the Church is not the only institution to need scrutiny, as shown by the current Royal Commission into Banking. Government also should not be immune from scrutiny, as here too there is the temptation to conceal.
The case for a national anti-corruption commission with real powers seems overwhelming. Meanwhile, the Government has proposed national security legislation that would criminalise much journalism that is now legal and vital, and thereby make it much harder to expose abuses.
Former Supreme Court Judge David Harper AM, a member of the National Integrity Committee, and award-winning journalist and academic Margaret Simons join Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier to discuss these vital issues.