Good morning, early birds. Members of the Australian Defence Force have been conducting random self-isolation checks across Sydney, and Queensland has announced four-week emergency rent relief. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The encryption fiasco isn't the only capitulation recently made in the name of Australia's national security.
Spending $50 billion for around 3000 jobs works out at a bit over $16 million each.
The culturally loaded language the ADF uses to brand its cause -- emphasising courage, honesty and capability -- speaks to a very a narrow target audience of wannabe heroes: white men, writes The Mandarin's senior journalist Harley Dennett.
Crikey's tipsters today send in word on the street about Anna Bligh's unfortunate school evacuation moment, KPMG's nuclear-powered report and pay cuts in the defence forces.
Media outlets around the world recycled a story from PNG last week about women murdering their male babies to end a tribal war. What a shame it wasn't true, writes Eleri Harris.
Joel Fitzgibbon’s admission that there is no immediate solution to the problem of insufficient helicopters at Tarin Kowt to evacuate injured Australian or allied personnel is deeply alarming, writes Bernard Keane.
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