Under a scheme floated by government MPs, journalists would have to allow the government to censor their work if they were to avoid being raided and prosecuted for leaked material.
Hastie isn't just another backbencher, he's chair of parliament's most important committee. What he says carries weight.
In yet another bungle, the Home Affairs portfolio has been savaged by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for trying to suggest a radical change in Australia's stance on citizenship.
Crikey readers discuss the government's handling of national security and the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry.
The government has decided parliament's Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security "stymies" security agencies and is a threat to national security — all in the name of wedge politics.
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.