Asia-Pacific

Dec 21, 2017

Keane: no politician has the spine to stand up to Australia’s intelligence state

As the case of Witness K has made clear, if you stand up against Australia's intelligence apparatus you will be crushed, and elected officials will fall in line.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It’s standard in an end of year piece to attempt to identify some unifying theme in the events of an arbitrarily selected period of time. Sometimes themes and commonalities really do emerge. Other times, they’re the author’s confection.

I’m going to skip that this year and write instead about a matter that illustrates something is deeply wrong -- evil, even -- within our government, within its most secretive areas.

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