In an address to the Lowy Institute, outgoing ASIO head Duncan Lewis warned that “the scale and scope of foreign intelligence activity against Australian interests is unprecedented”.
Mike Burgess, previously head of the Australian Signals Directorate, has a solid history in the intelligence area and Labor has welcomed the choice.
Australians should be concerned about any shift to an intelligence model that is based on the introduction of greater powers on the one hand, and less oversight and governance on the other.
On primary votes, the ALP dropped a point to 36%, while the Coalition was static on 38%, from the last Newspoll a week ago.
With polling showing Labor is vulnerable on security issues, the opposition leader has the difficult task of distinguishing his party from the government while not being wedged from the right.
Intelligence agencies must be incorruptible and 'speak truth to power' to be of any benefit to policymakers and the communities they serve.
The recent creation of the Home Affairs super portfolio has added another four agencies to the national intelligence community. Here's how they work together.
Storing sensitive papers in a filing cabinet makes no sense when we could digitise them and control access.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
The Australian government is using spyware. Is that legal?
The move to consolidate security agencies under one minister upends generations of conventions on how security intelligence and executive police powers are managed separately.
Turnbull is understandably sensitive to suggestions that the planned home affairs ministry is all about Dutton, whose continued support is so vital to him.
Peter Dutton will take charge of a new mega home affairs portfolio in a sweeping overhaul of national security agencies and responsibilities.
There is good evidence that Australia's counter-terrorism strategies are working.
Radical Islamists will never overthrow Western democracies. What we're talking about is the effect the terrorist threat has on our wellbeing as a multicultural society, and on our politics.
Politics podcast: John Blaxland on handling Islamist terrorism.
Events in Britain, the New South Wales coroner's report on the Lindt Cafe siege, and a new attack in Australia have given a much sharper edge to the debate about how to handle Islamist terrorism.
The University of Canberra's Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
In an uncertain world, we have to accept and deal with modest dangers for the sake of the wider good, which includes fulfilling the obligations of a rich and privileged country.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced an expert panel to undertake a broad review of Australia's intelligence agencies over the next few months.
In the third volume of The Official History of ASIO series, historians Dr John Blaxland and Dr Rhys Crawley examine the organisation's role in the years leading to the end of the Cold War.