Topic archives: national security

The huge stories that could have been killed under the government’s proposed new laws

February 8, 2018 6

The government says it will water down parts of its foreign interference bill that journalists were most worried about. But the bill is still broad, and there are concerns about how journalists will be affected.

Turnbull’s terrifying new ‘espionage’ laws endanger many innocent people

and January 11, 2018 11

This move adds yet another layer on existing legislation that is designed to protect the government from embarrassment, rather than from genuine threats.

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

August 7, 2017 20

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

Shortsighted intelligence review lavished with praise

July 26, 2017 4

Australia has a shallow gene pool when it comes to intelligence commentary and the response to the latest intelligence review shows it.

How will neoliberals respond to the populist onslaught?

July 21, 2017 15

As both Labor and Liberals seek to exploit voter discontent over globalisation, do neoliberals have a response to the crisis engulfing the dominant economic dogma of the last 30 years?

Traditional media not completely cut out in PM’s cut-through strategy

Traditional media not completely cut out in PM’s cut-through strategy

July 21, 2017

Turnbull is still as reliant on traditional media outlets as he is social media, despite a concerted push in his office to bypass them.

Intelligence review recommendations are all empire-building, out of sight

July 19, 2017 7

What should have been a fundamental review of how we conduct and oversee intelligence-gathering has instead become an opportunity to expand and entrench the security bureaucracy.

The public humiliation of George Brandis

July 19, 2017 13

Not merely was Attorney-General George Brandis required to support losing his key functions yesterday, he was required to explain why it was such a good idea.

Dutton anointed, Brandis humiliated. Malcolm Turnbull has finally lost it.

July 18, 2017 46

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a home affairs portfolio, in a major win for Peter Dutton that reflects how weak the Prime Minister is.

Turnbull govt exemplifies the sordid hypocrisy of Western politicians

June 26, 2017 21

In feting the criminal David Petraeus, Malcolm Turnbull demonstrates his government's hypocrisy on national security.