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Topic: ASIO
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.

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‘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.

‘Witness J’ case lifts the veil on failure to support intelligence officials

How much support are intelligence agencies giving their officers? Growing pressures on our intelligence officials may well harm our national security.

Former ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

ASIO’s very own call-out culture

Good morning, early birds. A former ASIO director is urging Chinese-Australians to assist security agencies in weeding out Chinese interference, and the immigration minister wants to help new refugees adjust to rural life Down Under. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2017 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

US announces permanent ceasefire in northern Syria

Good morning, early birds. Turkey has agreed to a permanent ceasefire following its invasion of northern Syria, and a former ASIO official is charged with breaching secrecy laws. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Former ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

ASIO, rolling in cash, whines about a lack of money

ASIO's budget has dramatically increased in recent years, and yet it is sill whining that it needs even more funding and spies.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Business calls on government to ‘spark’ economy

Good morning, early birds. The government is facing pressure to spark Australia's sluggish economy, and ASIO reports that it is 'spread thin' in the face of mounting threats. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.