Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister will deliver a very business-friendly speech today in what sounds an awful lot like a campaign speech. Plus, ASIO raids the ABC. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
After another estimates debacle, Vivienne Thom leaves the role of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security with its reputation badly damaged.
ASIO wants a data retention regime -- but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn't bother using.
The government's move to prosecute a whistleblower and his lawyer for revealing an ASIS scandal illustrates its determination to send a signal to all potential whistleblowers.
Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.
The refusal of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to acknowledge major concerns about spying on East Timor reflects how broken our system of intelligence oversight really is.