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Topic: Anthony Byrne
Security agencies warned us about right-wing terrorism. We ignored them.

Security agencies warned us about right-wing terrorism. We ignored them.

White supremacists have the same agenda of terror as jihadists but have operated with the indulgence of the media and politicians, even as security agencies warned us about them.

ASIS chief raises fist — and hackles — with Duterte

ASIS chief raises fist — and hackles — with Duterte

The head of Australia's foreign intelligence service has alarmed intelligence circles with an error of judgment in his meeting with strongman Rodrigo Duterte.

Encryption is about to become the most important national security debate

Encryption is about to become the most important national security debate

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.

Byrne returns to intelligence committee

Byrne returns to intelligence committee

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

Security committee loses key member

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.

Oversight of security agencies now at a crossroads

Oversight of security agencies now at a crossroads

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

Failure to debate Syria undermines our politics

Failure to debate Syria undermines our politics

The failure of federal parliament to debate what we're doing in the Middle East both leads to mission creep and further widens the gap between voters and their ostensible leaders.

Intelligence oversight is better — but still broken

Intelligence oversight is better — but still broken

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

Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

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.

The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott's desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.