The encryption fiasco isn't the only capitulation recently made in the name of Australia's national security.
What makes a protectionist? Willingness to waste money, or true faith in the power of trade barriers?
Australia's foolish protectionism, when accompanied by base political calculation, makes for a policy mess.
Giving more power to an ineffective Home Affairs department will do nothing to assuage livid Australians after another Bourke Street tragedy.
With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.
After the worst anti-Semitic attack on US soil and more news of neo-Nazis in the National Party, the question of how we respond to radicalisation is increasingly relevant.
No need to bother with the business case when it comes to Nationals-administered grants programs, it seems.