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Topic: George Brandis
It’s not about ‘foreign interference’. It’s about curbing transparency.

It’s not about ‘foreign interference’. It’s about curbing transparency.

The foreign interference laws are a cover for a dramatic expansion in secrecy laws — one that has only partly been thwarted.

How the government helped the Commonwealth keep its breach secret

How the government helped the Commonwealth keep its breach secret

The Commonwealth Bank would have been forced to disclose its mammoth data breach if the government had fulfilled its promise of requiring companies to report breaches. But instead the government took three years to do it.

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Senate’s back, baby!

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Senate’s back, baby!

There were a few unexpected sights in the senate chamber on the first day of the year for parliament, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.

Crikey Worm: Brandis’ parting shots

Crikey Worm: Brandis’ parting shots

Good morning, early birds. Ladies and gentlemen, George Brandis has left the building (but not before throwing a little shade at both sides). Plus, Germany finally gets a stable government, more than four months after going to the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Brandis likely to go in cabinet reshuffle

Crikey Worm: Brandis likely to go in cabinet reshuffle

Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister is expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle today, sending George Brandis off to the Old Dart. Plus, Australia has dominated England in Perth to claim the Ashes. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Highs and lows: George Brandis’ speechmaking report card

Highs and lows: George Brandis’ speechmaking report card

The general consensus is that George Brandis' speech on Marriage equality was perfectly pitched -- erudite and heartfelt. But his record as a public speaker is sketchy.

Marriage equality amendments given short shrift as true Libs stand up

Marriage equality amendments given short shrift as true Libs stand up

A handful of Liberals are standing by the traditions of their party and helping defeat efforts to use the marriage equality bill to expand discrimination.

The compelling link between domestic violence and mass murder

The compelling link between domestic violence and mass murder

There's a well-demonstrated connection between domestic violence, terrorism and mass shootings -- one the government refuses to accept.

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

When governments use words like "terrorism" and "security", the scrutiny that should be applied to them switches off, allowing them to get away with far more than they otherwise could.