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@SquigglyRick @MColvinMcKenzie @SatPaper Recalling time Fairfax sacked its in-house lawyers & then spent millions $$$ on outsourced lawyers. Quite a few defo claims & legal screwups ensued. And Fairfax managers & eds became more timid about what they would publish because they were unsure where the line was.

The public service is so depleted agencies don't always have lawyers who can evaluate cabinet proposals. In one case, a department asked for $1.3m to outsource it. My piece in @SatPaper at the weekend on Morrison's middle and his diagnosed trust deficit.

The best thing about Australia censoring the internet is there is no conceivable way this power could ever be misused.