It's official: a government-controlled committee has shown we were lied to about who would be able to access our metadata.
Parliament's intelligence committee has recommended some limited but welcome changes to protections around journalists. But the committee itself needs to be improved.
A review of the Abbott government's data retention scheme has shown it is being widely abused by scores of bodies around the country.
Home Affairs tried to lay the groundwork for a new national mass surveillance scheme. A parliamentary committee spotted it and killed it.
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.