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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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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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Emma Alberici (and the West) doesn’t understand anything about Muslims

Emma Alberici’s drawn praise for her heated interview with the head of a radical Islam group, but her conduct was not exemplary.

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What’s behind the sudden furore on jailed journalists?

Why are some mainstream media journalists suddenly so unhappy about the government’s national security laws? Because they feel like they’re collateral damage in a broader war.

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Plastic sword the least of ASIO’s bungles in ‘terror raid’

Is ASIO willing to let innocent people suffer in order to secure more draconian powers? Or is it just incompetent?

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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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We heart Canberra

Crikey readers talk terrorism, the war in Iraq and why it’s not cool to hate on Canberra.

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Keane: why the War on Terror gets a blank cheque but we ignore bigger threats

Australia’s governing class views terrorism as a more immediate threat than other, more important problems of which it has little experience.

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‘Burqa’ debacle shows Abbott lacks Howard’s political smarts

The government’s stumbles over the “burqa” issue reflect a lack of political intuition that enabled John Howard to deftly exploit social issues.

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The complicated calculus of terrorists v war criminals

Why have we been focusing all of our attention on lone-wolf terror suspects, while a man accused of horrific war crimes attracts scant mention?

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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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Who made that pendulum?

Crikey readers have their say on the inventor of the electoral pendulum, whether East West Link can be killed and whether Bernard Keane is being too flippant.

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Essential: voters want security over liberty

Voters agree that some freedoms should be sacrificed in the name of security, but are growing more concerned about climate change. And the government is yet to benefit from the relentless focus on terrorism, today’s Essential Report shows.

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More Australians are dying at work while we chatter about terrorism

Workplace deaths are on the rise in Australia, even though we know concerted action can reduce fatalities.

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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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Crikey Clarifier: what are the new anti-terror laws and how do they work?

Earlier in the week, Australian Federal Police obtained the first ever preventative detention orders for three people arrested in anti-terror raids in Sydney’s north-west. But what purpose do the anti-terror laws serve and how do they work? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos finds out.

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Targeting of Muslims risks the exact terror threat we claim to oppose

The constant focus on the Muslim community risks prompting exactly the kind of terrorist threat we are supposedly working to prevent.

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Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

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Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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Essential: voters back Iraq action — but think it will increase terrorism

Voters are backing the government’s decision to return to the Iraq War, but they believe it will make them less safe from terrorism, despite what the government says.

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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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We need mining, gambling and property revenues

Crikey readers talk state taxes and the threat of terrorism.

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Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

Taking on the Islamic State will require the West to make some uncomfortable friends. Are we going to arm Hamas? Hezbollah? Is al-Qaeda or Assad our best hope now?

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