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Topic archives: Attorney-General’s Department

The public humiliation of George Brandis

July 19, 2017 13

Not merely was Attorney-General George Brandis required to support losing his key functions yesterday, he was required to explain why it was such a good idea.

‘Data integrity’ keeps spy report secret

March 3, 2017

In response to questions from Crikey yesterday, the department reiterated previous statements in January given to tech publications.

In shock twist, George Brandis’ dept the laziest

February 27, 2017

Figures complied by Labor Senator Penny Wong's office show which department has the most outstanding questions left unanswered ...

Minister for security agencies defying security agency advice

February 17, 2017

It was a rather astonishing admission from the minister responsible for national security.

Govt admits it has no idea where your metadata is being stored

February 16, 2017 8

Where is your personal data stored under the government's data retention regime? The government admits it has no idea -- and that's not about to change.

Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

September 29, 2016 3

The government proposes to ban attempts to strip anonymity from large datasets. But in doing so, it could also ban the best means of spotting security flaws.

Govt wants to give corporate criminals a get-out-of-jail-free card

April 7, 2016 15

The government has proposed that large corporations be allowed to buy their way out of prosecutions for major corporate crimes -- another win for the scandal-plagued banking industry.

Metadata needed to catch terrorists, paedophiles — and pottymouths

February 24, 2016 16

Despite the promise that data retention would only be used for the most serious crimes, one agency wants to use it for trivial offences.

After years of decline, can the public service be rescued?

February 12, 2016 22

The federal public service is at a nadir of incompetence and politicisation. Will it improve under Malcolm Turnbull?

Brains behind data retention scheme awarded for ‘exceptional quality’ work

February 5, 2016 2

You know the mandatory data retention laws that infringe on civil liberties and have telcos in a flap? AGD thinks it all went swimmingly.