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George Brandis’ falsehoods about data retention exposed by Liberal-led committee

It's official: a government-controlled committee has shown we were lied to about who would be able to access our metadata.

The biggest criminal threats occur in plain view, aided by some of our biggest companies — not nefarious online networks

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.

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Apocalypse when? Mike Pezzullo and the end of the world as we know it

The prospect of Armageddon has been keeping the Home Affairs boss awake at night. And he wants us all to be worried sick too.

Freaky Friday (Image: Walt Disney Pictures)

Left and right trading places on security — but neither grasp the need for rights protection

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.

Witness K's lawyer Bernard Collaery (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Porter’s Collaery cover-up gets legal blessing, but is Labor starting to do its job?

As the government scores a win in its shameful secret prosecution of Bernard Collaery, it seems like Labor is finally starting to wake up.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton (Image: AAP/Darren England)

Dutton opens door to new surveillance of journalists via foreign orders

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.

Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison (Image: AAP)

The Great China Distraction: post-pandemic Australia requires more than a trade fight

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.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Picnic day for spies: Dutton plan would have Coalition mates sign off on foreign wiretap requests

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Neoliberals urge policymakers to take the road to Beijing — putting profits first and national security aside

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.

Mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

‘Twiggy’ Forrest and Co give the government a lesson in loyalty

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.

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