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Topic: Bret Walker
Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

The government has suddenly lurched forward on national security with a huge package of reforms that strengthen our worst anti-terrorism laws without justification.

What’s really happening on national security laws

What’s really happening on national security laws

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation -- and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

Ghosts of COAG — the counter-terrorism review that vanished

Ghosts of COAG — the counter-terrorism review that vanished

A long-promised COAG review of our counter-terrorism laws has "drifted" -- right out of sight.