Labor used to be the party that was sceptical of Australia's intelligence agencies. It's time for MPs to speak out on their party's collusion with the cover-up of the Witness K scandal — even if it means admitting Labor's own culpability in the affair.
The head of Australia's foreign intelligence service has alarmed intelligence circles with an error of judgment in his meeting with strongman Rodrigo Duterte.
With Labor too incompetent and embarrassed to investigate the bribery of people smugglers, there are no mechanisms for investigating criminal conduct by intelligence agencies.
It's a good time to be a spy. While Defence spending has been cut in the federal budget, there's more money for secret intelligence. And aid funding gets an increase, despite deferring UN goals.
A former top-level spy says the Rudd Government's ousting of a Mossad agent from Canberra was almost certainly brokered behind the scenes by top-level Israeli and Australian officials.