Since forming in 2014, Australian Border Force has had a mixed relationship with transparency. So it was a surprise to see, on the front page today's Australian such a admirable commitment to press freedom from the department, with multiple sources "confirming" that New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees has increased talk of and attempts at people smuggling in the area. Coincidentally, this is just what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said would happen last year.

Let's look at the department's up and down history with press freedom.