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Siege inquiry needs greater independence and more focus

The inquiry into the Sydney siege needs a tighter focus on what went wrong at a Commonwealth level and in the interaction between state and federal security agencies, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come

The national security laws passed last night have problems — but they’re not the huge threat some have made them out to be. That threat is coming, and hysteria now won’t help to fight it.

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By ignoring Muslim voices, Australia is losing the war on terror

Our government’s tendency to treat radicalised Muslims as somehow worse than radicalised Christians has squandered the trust of the Islamic community, writes lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf.

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Tips and rumours

Can the CDPP back up new anti-terror laws? … Daily Tele photoshop fail … AFP’s Eid dinner no quiet affair …

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‘Somebody has to do it’: why a Fairfax pull-out wouldn’t kill AAP

A consultancy report has recommended Fairfax save money by cutting its AAP subscription. But the wire brings in only a third of AAP’s revenue these days. Crikey goes inside the economics of a wire agency.

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Danby and Sheridan hammer home an own-goal for data retention

A national security committee member’s poor judgment has inflicted serious damage on the push for data retention by Australia’s security agencies.

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The Oz sued for defamation by former OPI employee

The Australian and reporter Chip Le Grand are being sued for defamation over a series of stories published last December in which a former Office of Police Integrity manager was accused of bullying.

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Simons: Dear (Media) Diary, you are just so predictable …

The swipe at me in The Australian’s Diary column this morning is so predictable one wonders if it is even worth a response, writes Margaret Simons.

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When The Oz muscles the AFP, that’s a story

It is impossible to separate the extraordinary behaviour of News Limited editor Paul Whittaker, revealed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday without also considering the context of media power in Australia.

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AFP: details of dealing with The Oz a ‘national security issue’

The Australian Federal Police has claimed that release of details of its dealings with The Australian might endanger national security and undermine “mutual trust and co-operation” between the force and media organisations.

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The winners from the war on terror

Our $16.7 billion spending on the war on terror had ended up in some interesting hands — and hasn’t necessarily reduced the threat of terrorism.

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More tear gas at Christmas Is, as asylum seekers continue to protest

More tear gas was used by Australian Federal Police on detainees on Christmas Island last night, as asylum seekers continue to protest against conditions on the island and the length of time taken to process claims.

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Wilkie’s ‘disruption operation’ solution: sugar in the fuel tank?

Intelligence sharing, sugar in the fuel tank or drilling holes in boats — just what did Andrew Wilkie mean when he called for re-energised “disruption operations” as a way of halting the people smuggling trade?

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AFP flying close to the wind — again — on Tamil case

In pursuing a case against three Australians of Sri Lankan Tamil background for supplying funds to the LTTE, the AFP relied on information provided or vetted by the Sri Lankan government, writes Bruce Haigh.

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Howzat?! AP, Reuters, FP boycott Aussie cricket

News agencies the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse are refusing to cover Australia’s three-test series against the West Indies in protest over Cricket Australia’s attempts to restrict their coverage of the event.

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Oops, there goes the relationship with Indonesia

The roller-coaster that is the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship is again plummeting.

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Indonesia: Balibo probe a “waste of time”

The AFP’s recent decision to launch an investigation into the Balibo Five has angered Indonesia, with officials labeling it a “waste of time” and warning that it will harm diplomatic relations. With such resistance on the Indonesian side, will justice ever be served?

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Tim Holding vs The Long-Footed Potoroos (Potorous longpipes)

What really happened on Mt Feathertop

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Utegate unravelling fast

Events are moving rapidly in Canberra. Godwin Grech’s residence has been raided by the AFP, with reports that a “concocted” email has been found.

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German group buys Keelty Towers in Canberra

Sections of the business media seem to be suffering selective xenophobia, writes Alex Mitchell.

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Mick Keelty: master of blame dodging

Mick Keelty may figure that if it’s good enough for politicians to duck responsibility, then it’s good enough for chief executives. And he may be right in doing so, writes Bernard Keane.

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Victoria’s new police commissioner is no angel

Simon Overland is not perfect, despite the hagiographic profiles of him in today’s media, writes Greg Barns.

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Britt Lapthorne and ugly Australian nationalism

We’re not too strong at consistency in Australia, particularly when we’re feeling nationalistic, writes Bernard Keane.

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