Topic archives: ASIO

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

May 10, 2018 15

The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.

Crikey Worm: ASIO returns to Aunty

February 2, 2018

Good morning, early birds. ASIO returns to the ABC to take possession of the cabinet files. Plus, Labor MP David Feeney's resignation creates factional friction for Bill Shorten. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Crikey Worm: ASIO raids the ABC over leaked cabinet docs

February 1, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister will deliver a very business-friendly speech today in what sounds an awful lot like a campaign speech. Plus, ASIO raids the ABC. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Crikey Worm: Australia is going on a spy hunt

January 30, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Senior security and intelligence personnel discuss a dramatic change to the way Australia deals with suspected foreign spies. Plus, Australia delivers "one of the worst aid projects in the South Pacific". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Channel Seven’s Summer of Nazis raises national security fears

January 16, 2018 22

The Seven Network giving airtime to far-right extremists makes the job of security agencies more difficult, at a time of a growing threat from neo-Nazi groups.

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

December 21, 2017 33

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.

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

August 7, 2017 20

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

This Dutton-led mega-department is a mistake: former head of DFAT

July 27, 2017 9

The establishment of an enlarged Department of Home Affairs under the ministerial control of Peter Dutton is an unnecessary, mistaken policy, writes Richard Woolcott, former head of DFAT and president of the UN Security Council.

Crikey Worm: An Australian caught up in London attack and US-Australia talks in Sydney

June 5, 2017

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari caught up in London attack, and ASIO find cache of government files in Canberra raid.

The real reason Abbott, News Corp nut jobs attack ASIO’s approach to Muslim extremism

June 1, 2017 28

The essentialist view of terrorism peddled by Tony Abbott is self-serving, both because it is aimed at undermining Malcolm Turnbull, and because it helps perpetuate the War on Terror.