Nicola Roxon is engaging in self-serving revisionism in criticising Parliament's intelligence committee. Her record of conduct tells a much different story.
US agencies are grappling with the same technological challenges as British and Australian agencies but have the advantage of being able to act beyond the law.
New documents shed light on the enthusiasm of the Attorney-General's Department to move forward with (and think large on) data retention, and the resistance it encountered from industry.
A key inquiry into controversial national security reforms like data retention will miss its reporting deadline. And the Attorney-General's Department only has itself to blame.
The government's national security proposals may raise the prospect of a return to an issue settled in 2003. If only we could be sure ...