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Unleashing the lawyers is not the answer to the question of privacy



25 November 2011

Only serious invasions of genuine rights to privacy should be actionable at all. Anything less is the price of a crowded, open and free society, writes Professor Barbara McDonald in today's edition of The Australian.

Privacyis a fickle thing.

Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes it's not, sometimes it's questionable.

There has been no outcry that the privacy of three Pakistani cricketers was invaded when the now defunct News of the World caught them, by secret cameras, in their hotel room stashing bribes.

We accept that investigative journalism can go so far to seek out corruption.

But as the parents of murder victim Milly Dowler give evidence to the parliamentary inquiry in London about the impact of the phone hacking for the News of the World, we in Australia are asking ourselves what is the best way for us to outlaw conduct which falls on the wrong side of the line.

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