Nice attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel exemplifies how quickly ideology can be adopted.
Most cults build upon or modify existing religious doctrine, yet how they express these beliefs varies from group to group.
Malcolm Turnbull has called for nationally consistent laws to enable convicted terrorists to be detained at the end of their prison sentence.
A post-sentence regime for convicted terrorists will only keep Australians safe if an accurate assessment of risk is possible.
Malcolm Turnbull is asking state and territory ministers to help fast-track the scheme.
The proposed scheme would cover high-risk terrorist offenders.
Counter-terrorism co-ordinator Greg Moriarty.
The scheme will seek to identify people not on the radar of counter-terrorism authorities.
Australia has been cognisant of the challenges aviation security poses.
That Australia has not suffered a successful terrorist attack on its aviation industry is testament to the resilience of our security system.
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
Malcolm Turnbull told the Lowy Institute Australia was united with Belgium in the battle against terror.
Violent Islamist extremism appears to have reached a crisis point in Europe with a "perfect storm" of circumstances, Malcolm Turnbull has said.
It is for George Brandis to decide whether and how to audit Commonwealth laws for justifiable encroachments on common law rights.
The Australian Law Reform Commission has given George Brandis a report that does all that it reasonably could, while falling well short of what it was asked to do.
Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic (right) is close to deposed prime minister Tony Abbott.
In an era of ever-increasing counter-terrorism powers, what is Andrew Nikolic’s appointment to a powerful parliamentary committee likely to mean for its scrutiny of national security legislation?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presents the defence white paper at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
The Turnbull government’s defence white paper identifies key risks to Australia’s security environment in the next two decades.
Defence Minister Marise Payne inherited a draft of the defence white paper last year, but wanted to put her own stamp on it.
The defence white paper will pledge an additional $29.9 billion in defence spending over the coming decade and support for businesses to innovate in areas such as cyber security and aeronautics.
Australia cannot solve the global refugee crisis by looking at refugees as part of the overall terror threat.
A 'draft' cabinet document suggests the idea that refugees are a potential source of terrorism and radicalisation will soon shape Australia’s humanitarian resettlement policy.
Federal computer systems are under near-constant attack from hackers and cyberthieves. Is our information protected well enough?
Federal networks need stronger cybersecurity measures than most organizations, but have not yet gotten the budget or staffing commitments that would protect them properly.
George Brandis says the government will adopt the proposed changes to anti-terror laws that criminalise disclosure.
Until a public interest exemption is included in Section 35P, the offence will continue to impact press freedom and have a chilling effect on media organisations’ ability to report on ASIO’s activities.
Islamic State propaganda lures both friends and foes into disproportionately focusing on the group’s strengths and overlooking its weakness.
Islamic State uses propaganda to coax its enemies into misguided politico-military and strategic communications efforts.
Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that focused on global security and trade.
Malcolm Turnbull has called for the campaign against Islamic State to considerably improve its use of social media.
Tony Abbott leaves the partyroom on September 14, having lost the Liberal leadership and prime ministership to Malcolm Turnbull.
2015 started as it finished, with terrorist atrocities, intractable conflicts and political upheavals that toppled several leaders, including Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott.
State leaders endorsed a plan at COAG last week that would see some terrorists jailed indefinitely.
Detaining persons convicted of terrorist offences for lengthy periods after they have served their time could risk radicalising a section of the community who see the measure as unjust.
Most Australians are unlikely to be able to describe the doctrine of the separation of powers, but they’re quick to assert their liberties under the rubric of a ‘fair go’.
The government’s uncontested assessment of national interest and security often trumps the rule of domestic and international law, as well as Australia’s obligations under human rights treaties.
COAG leaders have pushed out any decision on tax until their next meeting in March 2016.
State and federal leaders seem as far away as ever from an agreement on the direction of tax reform.