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Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

The media revolt on data retention forced the government and opposition to cave in on protecting journalists — while George Brandis tried to sneak through a get-out clause for agencies.

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Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications — but bad for consumers.

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Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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Officials admit: we can’t justify data retention

Inquiries into data retention show that there is no evidence it will do what the government claims it will do.

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AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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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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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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Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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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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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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Intelligence committee wants ‘foreign fighter’ changes — and a much bigger role

The powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security wants significant changes to the government’s “foreign fighters” legislation — and a much greater future role for itself in overseeing legislation.

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Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

Following Andrew Nikolic’s logic on the Middle East is quite a challenge, but it seems he never saw a Middle Eastern country he didn’t want to attack.

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You can trust us with your fingerprints and retina scans, says Immigration

The government proposes to give itself the power to fingerprint and eye-scan every person entering and leaving Australia. And they couldn’t have picked a worse agency to store the data.

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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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Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

The government has given some ground on anti-terror laws, in a move designed to head off criticism of some of the most draconian aspects of its current package.

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Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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Who can access your metadata?

A huge array of agencies can obtain your metadata — but the recent spike in access requests is largely thanks to a handful of police forces.

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Get a warrant: why more oversight is central to national security reform

A proposal to require more external oversight of intelligence agencies as their powers are extended goes to the heart of the debate about more anti-terrorism laws.

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IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.

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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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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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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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