Crikey readers discuss the government's new military powers, and Labor's hurdles in Parliament.
The encryption fiasco isn't the only capitulation recently made in the name of Australia's national security.
Ignore the Coalition's partisan sniping at Labor over encryption backdoors: Labor's record shows it can't be trusted to push back against corruption and misconduct by powerful security agencies.
In a new committee report, Labor has walked away from its previous commitment to fixing Australia's broken intelligence oversight system.
There's something suspicious about the charges against Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery -- in particular, the strange absence of a certain media organisation.
In an extraordinary prosecution likely to have massive ramifications for free speech in Australia, the Coalition government wants to jail lawyer Bernard Collaery and former intelligence officer Witness K in relation to the revelation that ASIS illegally bugged East Timor's government.
Wherever it has the opportunity to exercise power, the government's instinct is to use it to suppress criticism and dissent. And it's getting worse.
Australia's transition to an anti-dissent police state reflects a bureaucratic system intent of extending itself, and politicians who have an interest in allowing it to.
The government is taking Australia down the road to a police state where criticism or embarrassment of the government is punished. This is how.
Australians are ill-served by a media that focuses only on the surface and not on the depths; on the symptoms and not the disease producing them.