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Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NBN Co CEO Stephen Rue (Images: AAP)

What recession? Australian taxpayers still forking out for hefty salaries

As Australians suffer through a recession, taxpayers are funding some big pay packets.

(Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

Tips and Murmurs: NAB gets nabbed … ASIO looks to the hard-right … Centrelink enters the bedroom

Remember when NAB assured us of its efforts against money laundering? Plus other tips from the Crikey bunker.

Journalist Michael Smith, anchor Cheng Lei and journalist Bill Birtles (Images: CGTN; supplied)

Australia takes moral high ground on China expulsions. But should it?

A little tit-for-tat on Australia's part wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. The US reacted swiftly when three of its journalists were expelled.

Tips and Murmurs: Hume’s wrong turn … Delete your account, ASIO … Waterfront revisited

Government minister Jane Hume goes gunning for a consultancy that... [checks notes]... her own department uses, while ASIO has a little fun with those wacky old draconian security laws.

The Ruby Princess off the coast of Sydney (Image: AAP/Craig Golding)

Ruby Tuesday

Good morning, early birds. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has offered an unreserved apology in the wake of findings from the inquiry into the Ruby Princess outbreak, and almost all of Victoria's second wave cases can be traced back to travellers housed in hotel quarantine. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Picnic day for spies: Dutton plan would have Coalition mates sign off on foreign wiretap requests

Peter Dutton is proposing that former Coalition MPs and staffers — including ones with hardline anti-civil liberties views — sign off on requests from foreign spy agencies to wiretap Australians.

No debate, no download: why I won’t be taking up the tracing app

COVIDSafe is built on legally shaky foundations by a government operating with a trust deficit. Not a great start.

ASIO head Mike Burgess (Image: AAP/Darren England)

ASIO head addresses Australia from a dark shadow where accountability should be

ASIO heads are always "coming out of the shadows", but in fact remain hidden away from accountability and scrutiny.

(Image: AAP/Peter Rae)

‘Journalism no excuse for criminality’

Good morning, early birds. Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is underway in London, and ASIO has sounded a warning that neo-Nazis are one of Australia’s top security threats. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Australia is leaving its intelligence officers behind

Crikey readers respond to the case of 'Witness J' and Australia's neglect of its intelligence personnel, while elsewhere readers discuss the dark legacy of Trump mentor Roy Cohn and lament the death of medivac policy.

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