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‘The epitome of a gentleman’ or ‘that shit’s fucked up’? Behind closed doors at a men’s club

What, exactly, happens at a men-only club?

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Rundle: the Right roadkill on the way to a new republic

Guess what? The Australian people actually like the human rights commission and Gillian Triggs, and News Corp and the Right find themselves on the wrong side of history.

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Tips and rumours

Liberals go missing in NSW … Disability activist not welcome at conference … curious George’s inbox about to fill up …

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Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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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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How to get around Brandis’ data retention plans

Crikey readers discuss Queensland geography and encryption.

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Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching American Pie make you a consumer of child porn?

The definition of “child pornography”, like the definition of “metadata” seems very elastic. And the government’s new data retention proposals will ensnare devotees of The Simpsons, not child rapists.

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Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how

The government’s data retention is far more likely to harm ordinary Australians than catch criminals or terrorists. Bernard Keane and senior IP and communications lawyer Leanne O’Donnell explain how.

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Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat of the Year

Will it be real-life Bond villain Vladimir Putin? Human yeast infection Redfoo? Or closer to home, our very own Jacqui “Ban the Burqa, Straya!” Lambie? Vote for the worst person of the year — Crikey’s Arsehat 2014!

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Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

It’s hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you’re still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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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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‘Why sacrifice yourself?’ Whistleblowers consider Brandis’ new laws

The government has introduced harsh new penalties for people who reveal covert operations. Crikey intern Tom Heath asks some of Australia’s high-profile whistleblowers: would you do it all over again today?

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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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Data retention bill reveals a rushed, shambolic national security process

The rushed, confused way in which major national security laws are made in Australia was on display this morning in Canberra.

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Why George Brandis wants to throw me in jail

I travelled to Iraq to see the effects of the war being waged in my name. But under the Foreign Fighters Bill, I could be prosecuted and jailed — and I would have no defence, writes freelance journalist Dan Moss.

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Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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Overly broad ‘foreign fighters bill’ could capture journalists, campaigners

Former independent national security legislation monitor Bret Walker SC has some serious questions about George Brandis’ “foreign fighters bill”.

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Tips and rumours

The last ABC business program to go? … no dangerous websites at APH … Tony Abbott where he really shouldn’t be …

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My lunch with George: Keane and Brandis’ freedom ride

It’s all about freedom, George Brandis insists, as he goes about establishing ever more stringent security laws.

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Calm down, Brandis’ new bill does not reverse the onus of proof

The Foreign Fighters Bill requires a defendant to prove why he or she was in a proscribed region. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Lawyers from the Law Council of Australia explain.

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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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