Too often, politicians use matters of national security for nakedly political advantage. It's a dangerous ploy, and it's time it stopped.
Bill Shorten said party political structures were perhaps more vulnerable than government institutions - and progressive parties particularly so.
Kerryn Phelps on the medical transfers bill.
Phelps describes Scott Morrison's proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a "political statement".
The government will turn up the dial by announcing “contingency plans” against fresh arrivals. Morrison is already moving on to the claim that Shorten couldn't be trusted to be strong on turnbacks.
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.'
After Shorten was briefed by security officials and with enormous political pressure coming from the government, Labor moved back from its support of the bill as it has come out of the Senate.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
If the government feels it is on the rack over the amendments, Labor also is in an awkward position, and at least one of the independents finds herself in the spotlight.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Both the Coalition and Labor agreed to new laws that will give law enforcement agencies the power to access encrypted systems.
As both sides played the tactics, a remarkable thing happened in the House of Representatives. Behaviour improved 100%, with
none of the usual screaming and exchanges of insults.
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.
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
A new book examines the relationship between national security and access to information in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK and Canada, comparing it with other countries around the world.
With Russia's military capacity and soft power influence steadily increasing in the Asia-Pacific region, it may be time to reevaluate Australia's Russia strategy.
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.
Chinese investment in the US has never been high, but the ongoing trade war could dampen it further, with significant long-term repercussions.