It's official: a government-controlled committee has shown we were lied to about who would be able to access our metadata.
The government has long insisted the biggest threat to our security comes from sinister figures operating online. In fact it comes from some of our highest-profile companies failing to enforce the law.
When it comes to pandemic lockdowns, the left and the right completely reverse their roles adopted in areas like national security — reflecting how poorly Australians grasp the need to protect ourselves from governments.
As the government scores a win in its shameful secret prosecution of Bernard Collaery, it seems like Labor is finally starting to wake up.
The government is planning to give itself the power to override restrictions on accessing journalists' data as part of a deal with the United States to spy on each others' citizens.
An excessive focus on relations with China and the US is distracting Australians from planning for a strategically-resilient country fit for the post-pandemic world.
Peter Dutton is proposing that former Coalition MPs and staffers — including ones with hardline anti-civil liberties views — sign off on requests from foreign spy agencies to wiretap Australians.
For neoliberals and big business, sovereignty should be a distant second to maximising economic growth. That's why they're backing China rather than Australia.
The mining magnate — who's hooked up to China like no other business figure — is one of several powerful business people giving a concerted effort to skew debate in favour of China.