The Sept. 11 attacks and subsequent “war on terror” had a transformative impact on the handling of secrecy and surveillance activities in government programs.
Intelligence agencies must be incorruptible and 'speak truth to power' to be of any benefit to policymakers and the communities they serve.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio.
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.
We need to redesign our records so that they are more accessible.
Storing sensitive papers in a filing cabinet makes no sense when we could digitise them and control access.
Sam Dastyari was forced to resign as Labor’s deputy Senate whip last week.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
Australian government agencies are employing the services of spyware company Cellebrite.
The Australian government is using spyware. Is that legal?
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.
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.
Australian authorities have been working to come up with a comprehensive response to terrorist threats.
There is good evidence that Australia's counter-terrorism strategies are working.
Malcolm Turnbull has changed his tone on terrorism to meet the pressures of an anxious Australia.
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.
ASIO head Duncan Lewis set off a new round of debate when he told Pauline Hanson there was no link between terrorism and refugees.
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.
Professor Michael L'Estrange will be one of three to conduct a review into Australia’s intelligence agencies.
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.
An intelligence review should include not just policy considerations, but open public debate.
The federal government's review of intelligence agencies is important not just for our understanding of their function, but also for a more open public debate about spying and security.
ASIO head Duncan Lewis has called for change to the way it issues questioning and detention warrants for terror suspects.
What are ASIO’s powers in detaining and questioning terror suspects? Does it need more to be effective?
Cyber crime costs the Australian economy millions of dollars a year.
Cyber security is now a priority for the government, with $230 million committed to its new Cyber Security Strategy. But is it enough?
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.
Author and academic John Blaxland.
Michelle Grattan discusses the newly released book The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963-1975 with its author, John Blaxland.