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New security measures seek to protect press gallery from terrorism

If a terrorist were to try to infiltrate Parliament House, doing it through the press gallery might be one of the easiest ways to do it. The Australian Federal Police is cracking down on security blind-spots. But with armed patrols guarding the halls, should journalists be concerned?

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The time when Malcolm Fraser was guarded with nothing but a paperweight

A former AFP officer recalls an instance when guarding the former prime minister did not go exactly as planned …

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Plenty of blame to go around for Labor’s data retention dilemma

The media’s belated discovery of the threat of mass surveillance has left Labor with a dilemma on data retention, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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‘Brandis should stand aside’: who’ll take the fall for Triggs ‘inducement’?

Labor wants police to investigate the pressure George Brandis and his department secretary applied to human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs to stand down. Do they have a case?

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The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott’s desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.

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PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Voters don’t trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today’s Essential Report reveals, and they don’t back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

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Dear George, this is how you can fix your mass surveillance program

The risks in the government’s data retention bill could be substantially reduced if the government and security agencies were willing to accept some limitations.

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The five data retention lies you were told

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was accompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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How the AFP avoids pesky paper trails when it asks for your data

The AFP obtains metadata “informally” from foreign communications companies — and no one’s keeping any records.

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Stop giving Lambie oxygen

Crikey readers have their say about Jacqui Lambie and France’s economy, and Jonathan Holmes corrects the record.

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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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AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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Turnbull finally provides some progress on metadata definition

After a discussion with ASIO and the AFP, Malcolm Turnbull has presented a definition of metadata that makes more sense than any offered so far by his colleagues.

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Tips and rumours

Asylum seeker planes blocked from view … cyber attacks on the AFP … online dating tips at the Sydney Institute …

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Tips and rumours

AFP deployment untrained and inexperienced … clouds over Telstra job losses … Lachlan shown the door at News Corp …

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Can the AFP really help in Ukraine?

Abbott wants to send the cops into war-torn Ukraine. Is this a wise move? Andrew Goldsmith, strategic professor of criminology and Grant Niemann, senior lecturer in law, explain.

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Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

The government’s national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

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Media briefs: Seven v AFP … film Crowe-ing … radio social …

Seven has won its court case against the Australian Federal Police after police raided the network’s offices looking for evidence of a deal with Schapelle Corby. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Australian media asleep at the wheel on proceeds of crime

The legislation enabling the AFP to raid the Seven Network over payments to Schapelle Corby was put in place over a decade ago. And no one spoke up about it.

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Tips and rumours

AFP raids Seven for Corby payoff … La Trobe goes to the bank? … Star subs out of work … wrong Downer Jnr …

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The Coalition’s poor record on political royal commissions

The government is poised to announce a royal commission into unions. But if there’s a systemic problem in Australian commerce, it’s not corrupt officials in our ever-shrinking trade unions — look instead at ASIC and the AFP.

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When MPs (and journalists) should not use their own phones

Watch out, MPs and journalists: the AFP may be tracking your phone calls. Whistleblowers and leakers run the risk of being tracked down if they call an MP or a journo.

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National security inquiry declines to endorse data retention

A key review of proposal to strengthen national security laws has opted against recommending mandatory data retention, and suggested a strictly limited scheme if governments do consider one.

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