Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
The key messages from Thursday’s COAG meeting were about co-operation and a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
Federal and state leaders endorsed another set of counter-terrorism measures at a special meeting on Thursday.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.
The special COAG on national security saw the leaders united on the need to do more.
The states' handover of driver licence data for a beefed up national facial biometric matching capability would only bring existing arrangements into 'real time'.
The AFP and state counterparts want longer questioning and detention time between a person being arrested and either charged or released.
Malcolm Turnbull this week is pushing for a further toughening of national security laws.
Rostow, front right, visited Vietnam in 1961.
AP Photo/Fred Waters
Walt Rostow argued communism was incompatible with economic development and was influential in persuading Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to get more involved in Vietnam.
At least 16 people have died, and scores more have been injured, in a terror attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas strip.
Barcelona 2017, London 2017, Berlin 2016, Nice 2016. In all of these cases the weapon of choice was a vehicle, driven at speed, into crowds innocently going about their daily business. Barcelona is just…
Police raided several Sydney properties over the weekend in relation to possible terror plots.
The government seems hell-bent on pre-crime arrest, prosecution, and punishment for terror offenders – while falling short in providing the necessary long-term support.
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the minister in charge of the new ‘super-portfolio’, Peter Dutton, announce the changes on Tuesday.
The creeping invisibility of the immigration portfolio comes as the government is overseeing major changes to immigration policy.
Politics Podcast: Peter Jennings on the home affairs department.
Peter Jennings says while the Department of Home Affairs will present an array of bureaucratic challenges, it is largely a 'sensible step'.
Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio.
The move to consolidate security agencies under one minister upends generations of conventions on how security intelligence and executive police powers are managed separately.
Peter Dutton comes to the job with, at best, a middling ministerial record.
Turnbull is understandably sensitive to suggestions that the planned home affairs ministry is all about Dutton, whose continued support is so vital to him.
Malcolm Turnbull announced the proposed changes in front of heavily armed special forces soldiers.
The effectiveness of the changes to the ADF's role in counter-terrorism operations will depend heavily on the willingness of state police to accept military advice and assistance.
The reorganisation is a major win for Peter Dutton, a key conservative supporter of Malcolm Turnbull.
Peter Dutton will take charge of a new mega home affairs portfolio in a sweeping overhaul of national security agencies and responsibilities.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has just announced the creation of a new “super-ministry”, modelled on the UK Home Office. By the end of 2018, Australia will have a new Department of Home Affairs. This…
There is a political need for Malcolm Turnbull to enhance the position of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
While in London this week, Turnbull has the chance to hear about the operation of the British home office. The UK model would be more relevant than the US version if Australia went down this route.
David Petraeus was interviewed at a Liberal Party dinner in Sydney on Friday.
David Petraeus argued there's more continuity than change in Donald Trump's foreign policy.
While Malcolm Turnbull celebrates the parliament passing the school funding package, the government is still trying to deal with an energy crisis.
The new anti-terror laws COAG has proposed for Australia go far beyond those in the UK.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.