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Scott Morrison’s claim that Operation Sovereign Borders is the country’s great national security achievement overlooks all that has been achieved in a complex area. AAP/Lukas Coch

National security is too important to be abandoned to the politics of fear

Too often, politicians use matters of national security for nakedly political advantage. It's a dangerous ploy, and it's time it stopped.
Father and child stand outside closed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Jan. 2, 2019. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The shutdown: Drowning government in the bathtub

The government shutdown provided a short-term version of what some activists have long wanted: A government small enough so that you could 'drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.'
Only 1 in 5 American students take a foreign language before college. pathdoc from www.shutterstock.com

Foreign language classes becoming more scarce

Despite increasing globalization, foreign language programs in US colleges have become less common. A foreign language expert says America needs to step up its efforts to turn things around.
The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
Presidents have traditionally given Oval Office addresses during only the gravest of crises. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Trump calls border a ‘crisis of the soul’: 3 scholars react to his Oval Office address

We asked experts on ethics, constitutional law and European political history to analyze Trump's Oval Office address. Here's what they heard in his speech about 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border.
Albanese predicts next week’s ALP national conference will be “very. constructive”, dismissing concerns about divisions over boat turnbacks. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Anthony Albanese on Labor’s road ahead

Anthony Albanese on Labor’s road ahead. CC BY67.5 MB (download)
Speaking to The Conversation, Albanese wouldn't comment on Bill Shorten's unpopularity with voters, arguing instead that it's a matter of whether the Labor team is “seen as worthy of election".
Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that ASIS officers. often work in dangerous areas including under warlike conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s spies to be allowed to use more force

The legislation also will enable the Foreign Minister to specify extra people, such as a hostage, who may be protected by an ASIS staffer or agent.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiling tough new proposals to strip extremists of their Australian citizenship. Joel Carrett/AAP

The latest citizenship-stripping plan risks statelessness, indefinite detention and constitutional challenge

Australia is proposing some of the toughest citizenship stripping laws in the world as it steps up efforts to curb extremist attacks - but the proposed law could run into significant legal hurdles

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