May 3, 2018 27
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.
July 11, 2017 8
The prime minister has allowed his weakness within his own party to influence his approach to national security, and there are big risks arising from that.
May 11, 2017 6
The issue of accessing encrypted information hasn't gone away for governments -- but one politician says they need to secure greater trust from the public before giving themselves more powers.
March 1, 2017 6
Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?
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.
January 27, 2017 16
Donald Trump's willingness to re-embrace torture, CIA black sites and, perhaps, another Middle East invasion all raise major questions for the Turnbull government and its willingness to work with the US.
August 25, 2016 2
In a fillip for parliamentary oversight of security, the most experienced member of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will remain, upping the pressure for further reform of the oversight system.
August 4, 2016
The parliamentary committee with the crucial role of overseeing Australian's intelligence agencies has suffered a blow, with the departure of its most active and experienced member.
March 10, 2016 5
The Turnbull government appears to want the most important committee in parliament to become a rubber stamp -- and not the independent watchdog needed on security.
February 12, 2016 5
The coming reshuffle may have important ramifications for one of the most important parliamentary committees, which oversees intelligence agencies.
December 11, 2015 7
Australia's only genuine national security accountability mechanism is being undermined by its chair's habit of appearing to initiate laws his committee is charged with vetting.
October 15, 2015 4
If data retention is so critical to national security, its bungled introduction needs to be examined by the committee that paved the way for it.
September 7, 2015 3
Parliament's intelligence committee has worked hard to turn the government's citizenship stripping debacle into workable law.
August 11, 2015 14
The citizenship-stripping bill will hand extraordinary power to Australia's most secretive and least competent bureaucrats -- including the power to override court decisions.
August 5, 2015 17
The government's bill to strip people linked to terrorism of their citizenship has been savaged by legal experts. But will the intelligence committee do its job properly?
June 17, 2015 34
With Labor too incompetent and embarrassed to investigate the bribery of people smugglers, there are no mechanisms for investigating criminal conduct by intelligence agencies.
May 5, 2015 7
The way we oversee security agencies has improved in recent months, but big reforms are still needed.
April 1, 2015 5
Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.
March 17, 2015 9
The media revolt on data retention forced the government and opposition to cave in on protecting journalists -- while George Brandis tried to sneak through a get-out clause for agencies.
March 2, 2015 14
Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications -- but bad for consumers.