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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Cyber strategy light on detail, but clear on more commercial espionage by agencies

The government's melodramatic new cybersecurity strategy is embarrassingly vague — but points to dramatic new powers for intelligence agencies to spy on Australians and engage in commercial espionage.

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Amid the gloom in higher education, Torrens University's sale shines a light on things to come

Australia's 43 universities are sitting on a real estate goldmine — a source of easy bucks the government must be tempted by.

Clive Palmer (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Clive Palmer still set to face the music (and other news you may have missed)

Bad news for coal fans, Clive Palmer's mounting court challenges, and Venice introduces a 'no fatties' rule. Catch up with the news you may have missed this week with Andrew P Street.

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Whose reputation is the government really worried about on aged care transparency?

Why is the government elevating the reputations of aged care providers above the needs of consumers and taxpayers?

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Aboriginal-led initiatives spare communities from COVID-19 spread

Early fears of COVID-19 ravaging Indigenous communities have not eventuated, thanks to community-led responses.

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Transparency in the time of COVID-19: a short list of what's going wrong with democracy

This is not the time for our leaders to go all secretive. Australians need information, and they need it to be timely and honest.

Emma Alberici (Image: AAP/Richard Wainwright)

The ABC's exemplary punishment of Alberici sends a message to other journalists

Someone at the ABC is leaking confidential information about Emma Alberici to its — and her — enemies at News Corp. What signal does that send to journalists whose job is to hold the powerful to account?

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How lethal is COVID-19? And is the stage four cure worse than the disease?

At this point it seems mathematically likely that the lockdown will end up killing more people than it saves...

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What a second century of US 'mateship' might well mean — less bark, more bite

As Australia treads the line between infuriating Beijing and alienating Washington, it's no longer about just talking the talk – we're expected to walk the walk.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.