There's little political will to do anything of substance in relation to media freedom. And the media has been its own worst enemy as basic rights have been eroded.
Labor's inconsistency on oversight of security agencies has left a crucial missing link on the response to the government's attacks on those who would subject it to scrutiny.
The AFP raids aren't just about journalism. Whistleblowers and many others need protection from an overly powerful executive and a Home Affairs department with a toxic agenda.
In a new committee report, Labor has walked away from its previous commitment to fixing Australia's broken intelligence oversight system.
There is no reason why the failures around Man Haron Monis, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, and the Khayat brothers won't continue to happen. If they do, politicians have a lot to answer for.
Australians are ripe for targeting in the war on encryption because we have no human rights or privacy protections and no effective oversight of security agencies.
Australia's relations with China look set to enter the deep freeze with the head of parliament's intelligence committee outing a prominent Chinese-Australian as the subject of a US bribery case.
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.
The prime minister has allowed his weakness within his own party to influence his approach to national security, and there are big risks arising from that.
The issue of accessing encrypted information hasn't gone away for governments -- but one politician says they need to secure greater trust from the public before giving themselves more powers.