I can understand why we need laws to protect sensitive security intelligence organisations like ASIO- but Rob Messenger raises concerns that go much further than that.
Rob's involved in a workplace related court case. During the course of the matter he met with ASIO (the workplace issue included death threats from Islamist(s)).
ASIO is now invoking the far-reaching protections it enjoys under our security legislation to stop Rob calling the agency to court. Rob's being threatened with serious jail time for just saying he's met with ASIO at all.
You may recall ASIO's chief telling a public parliamentary committee hearing that there was no link between refugees and terrorism. ASIO is not immune from incompetence and its given itself plenty of cause for criticism - hiding behind its legislated confidentiality protections only compounds its problems.
@mpsmithnews Michael, I thought you may be interested in our bind. Speaks to broader principles re ASIO powers, their attitude to the Courts & effectiveness of ASIO "ISIS monitoring" policy which currently has left hundreds of terror supporters in Australian communities #auspol pic.twitter.com/cpV6okZkQI— Rob Messenger (@RobMessenger2) February 16, 2019