Following Andrew Nikolic's logic on the Middle East is quite a challenge, but it seems he never saw a Middle Eastern country he didn't want to attack.
The government proposes to give itself the power to fingerprint and eye-scan every person entering and leaving Australia. And they couldn't have picked a worse agency to store the data.
The national security laws passed last night have problems -- but they're not the huge threat some have made them out to be. That threat is coming, and hysteria now won't help to fight it.
The government has given some ground on anti-terror laws, in a move designed to head off criticism of some of the most draconian aspects of its current package.
Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.
A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.
A proposal to require more external oversight of intelligence agencies as their powers are extended goes to the heart of the debate about more anti-terrorism laws.
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 government appears confused about what data will be retained under its data retention scheme -- but it could include your social media activity and your whole internet browsing history.