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Snowden a threat to Australian lives? Brandis refuses to show proof

George Brandis’ accusation that Edward Snowden has placed Australian lives at risk is the same unfounded accusation we’ve seen before from national security politicians desperate to avoid scrutiny.

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A-G FOI investigation: how data retention was derailed

The Attorney-General’s department was keen to rush data retention into law before the 2010 election. Their haste derailed it, new documents reveal, writes Bernard Keane.

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Revealed: Attorney-General’s drive for data retention law

The Attorney-General’s Department pushed hard for data retention the moment Labor was elected, according to new documents released to Crikey under freedom of information.

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Farewell to McClelland, a ministerial cipher for the security state

Robert McClelland’s time as attorney-general were lost years representing how Labor has been co-opted by the security establishment. Farewell.

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Tips and rumours

Gillard loyalists turning on McClelland? … what the authorities are telling those on Nauru … does this Senate candidate live in his electorate? …

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Surprise! Gillard brings Bob Carr to Canberra

Julia Gillard has shocked Canberra by bringing Bob Carr into her Cabinet as Foreign Minister.

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Solar subsidies just the tip of energy policy confusion iceberg

Is it any wonder that Australia’s energy and climate change policy is in a permanent state of confusion, writes Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute.

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A dumb reshuffle puts spotlight back on Gillard’s woes

Julia Gillard’s federal cabinet reshuffle — promoting Bill Shorten and Mark Arbib while sacking good ministers — again demonstrates her lack of judgment and fragility.

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Attorney-General Roxon’s to-do list

Nicola Roxon’s appointment as Australia’s first female Attorney-General presents several opportunities to address issues handled poorly by Robert McClelland.

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Transparency please! Why the tax breaks for pokies clubs?

Has there ever been a more self-serving public campaign than the one being mounted by Clubs Australia? It’s time for a closer look at the alleged benefits of clubs to the Australian community.

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Cybercrime bill not due yet, but ISPs are still worried

Why are ISPs so concerned about the cybercrime bill? It appears to create significant new capacity and equipment requirements for them.

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DFAT’s new passport regs a win for trans and inters-x people

Transs-xual and inters-x Australians will now only have to provide a medical certificate from their regular physician in order to change the s-x on their passport, writes Kate Doak, a writer and postgraduate student

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WikiLeaks and disclosing classified
information

Julian Assange may face prosecution for revealing the identity of an ASIO officer. But governments disclose secret things all the time.

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Mysterious anti-piracy report to be released ‘this week’

An anti-piracy lobby group has bowed to pressure and released a controversial report on the impact of internet piracy on the Australian economy, following howls of protest over its existence and veracity.

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The multimillion dollar corporate plan to destroy WikiLeaks

Anonymous’s attack on an American cyber-security company was for the lulz, until it revealed a multimillion dollar plan to attack WikiLeaks.

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The political problem of WikiLeaks

A backbench revolt over the stance on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange’s imprisonment is one thing. Julia Gillard’s government has a bigger problem with simple competence.

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Bob Brown supports WikiLeaks, is Phillip Adams in the frame?

Should the government decide that it wants to pursue action around the ‘Cablegate’ material, other Australians involved with WikiLeaks may well be liable for prosecution. The most prominent of these is the broadcaster Phillip Adams who is, or was until recently, a member of the advisory board of WikiLeaks.

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McClelland’s sensitive information debate, circa 1985

If McClelland thinks there is a debate to be had over media handling of national security information, he should throw it open to the media most likely to offer the sort of coverage he appears concerned about.

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Missing the point on WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks cables — far more significant than anyone has acknowledged — will change governments. But both the mainstream media and the federal government appear to be completely oblivious to the fact.

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Frank Brennan: Why human rights need to be our agenda

Australia doesn’t need a human rights charter, the government has decided. Fine, says Frank Brennan, that wasn’t the main point anyway. Hopefully the government won’t ignore the 87% of respondents who want a human rights act.

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Bill of rights: good riddance on ‘bogus’ charter v lost chance

Australia’s charter of rights is dead on arrival. Good riddance, a human rights academic tells Crikey intern Patrick Tombola, but others like Julian Burnside lament the lost opportunity to recognise those on the margins of society.

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McClelland, Macklin get an “F” on indigenous housing reforms

Jenny Macklin’s FaHCSIA staff have faced an absolute grilling over a new Bill that was supposed to improve housing in Indigenous communities, but fails to deliver any of the “vital” reforms it was created to address, reports Bob Gosford.

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Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

Is the government backing away from introducing a bill of rights? In the absence of any serious negatives, we should expect a human rights act within this parliamentary term, writes Susan Ryan, chair of the Australian Human Rights Group.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Charter of rights is “stone cold dead”

It now seems the Brennan committee report will not recommend an Australian bill of rights. How did such a good idea get bogged down in the fallacy that judges would abuse their power? asks Richard Ackland.

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Justice in the balance … bank balance, that is

Despite decades of lip service from governments and the legal community, the price of justice is still prohibitively expensive for most Australians.

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