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When the Islamic State was at its strongest, Australia was allocating millions to build ‘community resilience’ to counter extremism. This strategy no longer appears to be a priority. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

How the Australian government is failing on countering violent extremism

An analysis of budget documents suggests that federal funding for community-based, counter-terrorism programs has dried up.
The Labor-Green majority report said the Senate should consider censuring Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Dutton back in spotlight after split Senate report on au pair affair

The Greens will try to move a no confidence motion against the home affairs minister, but the numbers are not there for it to succeed - proving government members are united.
During his time as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton granted tourist visas to four foreign au pairs who were denied entry at the Australian border and detained, awaiting deportation. AAP/Lukas Coch

Peter Dutton’s decisions on the au pairs are legal - but there are other considerations

Australia's Migration Act allows for ministerial discretion in cases such as the controversial granting of tourist visas to four au pairs - but there remain questions around responsible government.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Explainer: how the Australian intelligence community works

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.
Is a too-strict definition of monogamy undermining your relationship? Research shows that while most people expect exclusivity in a relationship, infidelity is still the leading cause of divorce. (Shutterstock)

Why you might want to rethink monogamy in 2018

Seeking monogamy without jealousy? Try ditching the fear of your partner's intimate connections with others and write your own relationship rules, suggests a relationship researcher.
Tourists from Las Vegas enjoy an elephant ride in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Johannesburg. South Africa’s tourism minister says new visa regulations are hurting the industry. Reuters/Antony Kaminju

Behind the public spat between South Africa’s government ministers

The public spat over visa regulations between South Africa's ministers of tourism and of home affairs raises the important question why the government is not on the same page regarding a key policy.

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