Topic archives: Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

Going home: risky national security push comes from Turnbull’s weakness

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.

Encryption is about to become the most important national security debate

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.

Did Brandis breach his own ‘journalist information warrant’ law?

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?

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.

Trump’s lunacy raises serious questions for Turnbull and Bishop

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.

Byrne returns to intelligence committee

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.

Security committee loses key member

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.

Intelligence oversight neutered by Turnbull

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.

Oversight of security agencies now at a crossroads

February 12, 2016 5

The coming reshuffle may have important ramifications for one of the most important parliamentary committees, which oversees intelligence agencies.

The powerful backbencher giving Turnbull cover on national security

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.