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Topic: Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

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.

You can trust us with your fingerprints and retina scans, says Immigration

You can trust us with your fingerprints and retina scans, says Immigration

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.

Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come

Stay calm on terror laws — the worst is yet to come

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.

Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

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.

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

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.

Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

Who can access your metadata?

Who can access your metadata?

A huge array of agencies can obtain your metadata -- but the recent spike in access requests is largely thanks to a handful of police forces.

Get a warrant: why more oversight is central to national security reform

Get a warrant: why more oversight is central to national security reform

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.

IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

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.

Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

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.