Topic archives: Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

How the government helped the Commonwealth keep its breach secret

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.

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.

Bungled data retention implementation needs an investigation

Bungled data retention implementation needs an investigation

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.

Intelligence committee hamstrings citizenship-stripping bill

Intelligence committee hamstrings citizenship-stripping bill

September 7, 2015 3

Parliament's intelligence committee has worked hard to turn the government's citizenship stripping debacle into workable law.

Citizenship bill: bureaucrats can override courts and ignore allies

Citizenship bill: bureaucrats can override courts and ignore allies

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.

Citizenship-stripping bill: a mess from start to finish

Citizenship-stripping bill: a mess from start to finish

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?

Illegal, incompetent — either way, the bribery won’t be investigated

Illegal, incompetent — either way, the bribery won’t be investigated

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.

Intelligence oversight is better — but still broken

Intelligence oversight is better — but still broken

May 5, 2015 7

The way we oversee security agencies has improved in recent months, but big reforms are still needed.

Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

April 1, 2015 5

Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.

Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

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.

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

March 2, 2015 14

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications -- but bad for consumers.