The Defence Act will be strengthened to enable defence personnel to play a bigger role in counter-terrorism.
The changes are designed to assist in preparing for incidents, enabling a more comprehensive ADF response if needed, and improving the flow of information between the ADF and police.
The ability of authorities to access encrypted messages must be balanced with the security risks.
The Australian government's proposed law that would force technology companies to decrypt messages could make Australians more vulnerable.
The University of Canberra’s Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull has reasserted this week that the Liberal Party needs to be in the ‘sensible centre’.
While a lot of people just shrug impatiently at insider politics, a substantial number have turned to 'outsider' players.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech reminded his Liberal colleagues that he has not stolen the party and his leadership is legitimately Liberal.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
The reference to Tony Abbott in his London speech gave Malcolm Turnbull some body armour.
If he was emphasising he's a centrist, that is hardly a surprise, although when he translates it into policy it annoys the hell out of those on the right.
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.
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in politics.
Another leaked recording – this time of Tony Abbott – has the Liberal Party under pressure.
Tony Abbott told a Liberal branch meeting in the Deakin electorate of Michael Sukkar that 'just at the moment … we're at a bit of a low ebb'.
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party.
For his own good, Malcolm Turnbull can’t get out of the country quickly enough. He’s off on Wednesday to the G20 in Germany and, if he has any sense, while he’s abroad he’ll try to avoid being drawn on…
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss what's been making headlines this week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his apparent enthusiasm for a rail line to Melbourne Airport – with or without state government support.
A rail link is a big step towards transforming transport access and land use in ways that will enable a much bigger city to remain liveable. And Melbourne can learn from Sydney about this.
Malcolm Turnbull broke out his leather jacket this week and tried to shrug off the tensions consuming his party.
As this year ebbs away, Malcolm Turnbull's hold on the leadership will become more precarious if there is no lift in those relentless Newspolls.
The Liberal Party contains moderates like George Brandis, Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull, and conservatives such as Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz and Peter Dutton.
With fringe right parties feasting on the margins of conservative political discontent in Australia, deeper questions are being asked about whether the Liberal Party itself is at risk.
Tony Abbott has made the most of media opportunities this week to push his agenda.
As the Liberals fight and manoeuvre, the Nationals are watching on appalled, privately wondering at Turnbull's inability to control even his moderate supporters, let alone his party as a whole.
Malcolm Turnbull is firm in his belief that his party is one of harmony and robust discussion. But Tony Abbott seems to have other ideas.
Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.
A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party.
More broadly, Pyne's self-indulgence is damaging to Turnbull because it reinforces everything the party's malcontents on the right believe.
On energy security, there is a distinctly ‘big government’ approach by Malcolm Turnbull.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
The bid to keep the lights on is prompting ever more government meddling in electricity markets.
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Proposals for the government to commission more "baseload" electricity generation will raise private sector concerns over Canberra's growing willingness to intervene in a previously free market.
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.