The head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is focused on new and emerging threats, writes Alan Dupont.


Despite concessions for journalists, it appears the government and Labor have lost the appetite for further amendments to the Metatdata Bill, meaning it is set to join a long list of Australia's problematic national security laws, writes George Williams.

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A penalty of five years’ imprisonment for a person who discloses information relating to a special intelligence operation would have a chilling effect on media freedom, writes Keiran Hardy.

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With Australia’s main political parties overwhelmingly in favour of indefinite detention for refugees with an adverse security assessment, the High Court offers the final hope for a fair go, writes George Williams.

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As the federal government  announces its first 'repeal day', it's a good time to talk about the 60 anti-terror laws parliament has enacted since 2001. Are they all necessary, asks Fergal Davis.

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The more we learn about Australia's spying in East Timor and the Attorney-General's role in approving ASIO search warrants, the stronger the case becomes for a full parliamentary inquiry, writes Christopher Michaelsen.  

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The detention of a retired Australian intelligence agent and the raid on a lawyer's office in Canberra should prompt questions about our fairness in negotiating with East Timor, writes Clinton Fernandes. 

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If the UN thinks indefinite detention of asylum seekers on the Australian mainland is cruel, inhuman and degrading, we can only imagine what it might say about Nauru and PNG, writes Jane McAdam.

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The threat to national security posed by cyber espionage and hacking is real and growing. An essential first step to tackling the issue is greater public disclosure, argues Alan Dupont.

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More than a decade after anti-terrorism laws were enacted, our leaders continue to ignore advice to repeal them, write Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity.