The foreign interference laws are a cover for a dramatic expansion in secrecy laws — one that has only partly been thwarted.
The Commonwealth Bank would have been forced to disclose its mammoth data breach if the government had fulfilled its promise of requiring companies to report breaches. But instead the government took three years to do it.
There were a few unexpected sights in the senate chamber on the first day of the year for parliament, writes Senator Derryn Hinch.
Good morning, early birds. Ladies and gentlemen, George Brandis has left the building (but not before throwing a little shade at both sides). Plus, Germany finally gets a stable government, more than four months after going to the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister is expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle today, sending George Brandis off to the Old Dart. Plus, Australia has dominated England in Perth to claim the Ashes. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
The general consensus is that George Brandis' speech on Marriage equality was perfectly pitched -- erudite and heartfelt. But his record as a public speaker is sketchy.
A handful of Liberals are standing by the traditions of their party and helping defeat efforts to use the marriage equality bill to expand discrimination.
There's a well-demonstrated connection between domestic violence, terrorism and mass shootings -- one the government refuses to accept.
When governments use words like "terrorism" and "security", the scrutiny that should be applied to them switches off, allowing them to get away with far more than they otherwise could.