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

Bernard Keane July 11, 2017 8 Comments

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

Bernard Keane May 11, 2017 6 Comments

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?

Bernard Keane March 1, 2017 6 Comments

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

Bernard Keane February 16, 2017 8 Comments

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

Bernard Keane January 27, 2017 16 Comments

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

Bernard Keane August 25, 2016 2 Comments

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

Bernard Keane 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

Bernard Keane March 10, 2016 5 Comments

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

Bernard Keane February 12, 2016 5 Comments

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

Bernard Keane December 11, 2015 7 Comments

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.