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Topic: Annika Smethurst
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A big year for the Australian police state

Journalists being raided by police. Politicians trying to crack down on protesters. Children being strip-searched. 2019 saw Australia’s steady slide towards authoritarianism become a lot more visible.

How you become Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat

What drives Mike Pezzullo — and how has he earned the title of Australia’s most powerful public servant?

News Corp Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller (Image: AAP/Rohan Thomson)

How much clout does News Corp have in the fight for press freedom?

For all its sins, News Corp has a strong history of using its political clout for press freedom and for standing up for its journalists and whistleblowers. 

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton

Home Affairs power grab rings alarm bells among spies

The Home Affairs portfolio is continuing its relentless empire-building, pressing for part-control of military intelligence — and giving spies access to a vast new trove of corporate and personal information.

The story that allegedly led to the raid on the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst. (Image: Sky News)

News Corp hypocrites finally encounter an act of surveillance they don’t like

News Corp has actively cheered the expansion of the Coalition's police state. But now that one of its own is the target, News Corp is suddenly opposed to the world it helped create.

Secretary of the Home Affairs Department Mike Pezzullo (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The ‘national security’ lie exposed by the Smethurst raid

The raid on a News Corp journalist exposes how police can target journalistic sources with impunity — and how "national security" is simply a tool to protect the powerful from scrutiny.

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