Last week, the apology and compensation extended to Nicky Hager was justly celebrated as a victory for investigative journalism – and as a denunciation of a Police raid that, as Hager said in one interview, had almost derailed his subsequent book Hit & Run.
Fine. All good. Yet with a minimum of publicity, a High Court ruling hit the tarmac last week concerning the use of security information that – if left unchallenged – could well cripple the recently announced government investigation into the Hit & Run allegations. In effect, that inquiry – or any individual in future accused of being a security risk – will have almost no ability to know, let alone effectively challenge, the evidence that the security services claim to be relevant to issues of national security.