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Mooted spy powers would deliver heaven for commercial spies

Mooted spy powers would deliver heaven for commercial spies

The expansion of the powers of the Australian Signals Directorate would establish a new golden era of commercial espionage in Australia — and damage Australian companies.

Home Affairs power grab rings alarm bells among spies

Home Affairs power grab rings alarm bells among spies

The Home Affairs portfolio is continuing its relentless empire-building, pressing for part-control of military intelligence — and giving spies access to a vast new trove of corporate and personal information.

Meet Rex Patrick: the Senate's warrior for transparency

Meet Rex Patrick: the Senate's warrior for transparency

Rex Patrick has a reputation for saying and revealing things that make powerful people uncomfortable.

The 'national security' lie exposed by the Smethurst raid

The 'national security' lie exposed by the Smethurst raid

The raid on a News Corp journalist exposes how police can target journalistic sources with impunity — and how "national security" is simply a tool to protect the powerful from scrutiny.

Morrison's big challenge with China

Morrison's big challenge with China

Beijing was clearly hoping for a Labor win, and has every reason to be distrustful of our new government. Where can we go from here?

The charade of silence in a nation of noise

The charade of silence in a nation of noise

The dignity of private reflection has never been the case for us on Anzac Day. The silence I would like to afford the dead was shattered from the start.

Cut and paste your national security hype HERE

Cut and paste your national security hype HERE

Another budget, another drop to a News Corp journalist about amazing extra funding being given to our security agencies.

Security agencies warned us about right-wing terrorism. We ignored them.

Security agencies warned us about right-wing terrorism. We ignored them.

White supremacists have the same agenda of terror as jihadists but have operated with the indulgence of the media and politicians, even as security agencies warned us about them.

Climate change is a threat to national security. How is the military preparing for the fight?

Climate change is a threat to national security. How is the military preparing for the fight?

The Australian Defence Force will be inordinately affected by future humanitarian crises and military conflicts resulting from climate change. How it acts today will prove crucial.

Australia lags decades behind in the submarine race

Australia lags decades behind in the submarine race

The recent rise of advanced underwater drones has highlighted Australia's $50 billion gamble on traditional submarines which won't be deployed for decades.