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Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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Our land is girt by oil-rich sea … that we steal from East Timor

Australia has been stealing billions of dollars from one of our poorest neighbours, writes Clinton Fernandes, associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and specialist in Australian foreign policy.

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Brandis moves to jail whistleblower and lawyer for revealing ASIS scandal

The government’s move to prosecute a whistleblower and his lawyer for revealing an ASIS scandal illustrates its determination to send a signal to all potential whistleblowers.

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Time to codify, not just extend, national security powers

If our security agencies always act within the law, codification of their extensive surveillance powers shouldn’t be a threat to them.

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War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

Despite what the government might say, Australian taxpayers have been directly and indirectly helping fund terrorism for years.

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iSentia index: Federal ministers struggle with words and NSW ICAC claims two more scalps

It was a week of gaffes and general embarrassments for MPs at state and federal level.

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Rundle: Team Australia would love to have free speech, but there’s a war on

You wouldn’t want to to underestimate what a defeat this 18c stuff up is for the Right, writes Guy Rundle.

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Brandis’ disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

The government’s stumbling over data retention raises the question of how prepared it was for this debate.

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Watch out that selfie: when private moments can destroy your career

Advances in technology and our increased online activities are enabling employers to more easily scrutinise our private lives — with dire consequences, write Giri Sivaraman and Kate Luckman.

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Media briefs: gloating galore … Fibonnaci sequences … goodbye, Offspring

Renaissance photography, gloating over Mike Carlton, and other media tidbits of the day.

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Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

The government has suddenly lurched forward on national security with a huge package of reforms that strengthen our worst anti-terrorism laws without justification.

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Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

The government appears confused about what data will be retained under its data retention scheme — but it could include your social media activity and your whole internet browsing history.

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Why 18C was the policy retreat the Coalition had to have

The Coalition’s constituency is becoming more ethnically diverse, and it turns out many of its constituents don’t want the right to be bigots.

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Data retention is an intolerable threat to democracy

The government’s proposal for data retention is a direct threat to democracy and our ability to hold the powerful to account. Here’s why.

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Union royal commission creating headaches for public servants

A search for information on unions could have a negative effect on the relationship between the federal government and a public service already being asked to do more with less, writes The Mandarin journalist Stephen Easton.

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‘Terrorism is terrorism’ — until it’s not

Expanding anti-terrorism laws to include “promotion” of terrorism is fraught with dangers — especially when some countries define good journalism as terrorism.

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National security inquiry stretched by tight timeframe

The rushed timeframe for a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s national security reforms may yet cause headaches for proper consideration of the reforms.

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Rundle: Tim Wilson’s all-singing, all-dancing free speech freedom jamboree

The Australian Human Rights Commission is hosting a conference on freedom, but is it just another case of choosing talk over action?

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The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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Government flags copyright crackdown to overturn iiNet decision

The government wants to make it easier for the copyright industry to sue ISPs and force them to censor the internet, according to a draft paper about to be circulated.

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Tips and rumours

Deadlines passing for Santos … Brandis off his game … where’s Abbott’s budgie smugglers? …

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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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Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

Europe and the United States are moving away from data retention, despite what the Attorney-General may claim.

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Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he’s legislating with no vetting of any kind.

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