Mounting evidence suggests we are so mesmerised by the theatre around Donald Trump that we have lost sight of how the US security establishment wields power.
We need to balance a legitimate desire for transparency in politics with the need for free and thoughtful debate.
It's increasingly difficult for investigative journalists to hold governments to account – partly due to anti-terror and security laws making it harder for whistleblowers to act.
Before Trump said he wanted to create a Muslim registry, there were a number of Islamophobic policies in place.
The National Security Strategy does a good job at listing problems and suggesting fixes. But there’s more to strategy than that.
It was Paul Keating himself who first raised the idea of a security agreement between Indonesia and Australia in June 1994 to Indonesian President Soeharto.
The stakes in Saturday's Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian poltiics.
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.
New laws aiming to crack down on foreign interference in Australian politics suggest the concept of 'national security' is continually expanding.
The public release of secret intelligence can have a powerful impact on the political environment, as the revelations regarding Sam Dastyari demonstrate.
The Sam Dastyari episode underscores the need for clear-cut rules to prevent those with links to foreign governments from using money to influence the political process.
Bill Shorten has forced Labor senator Sam Dastyari to quit as opposition deputy whip in the Senate.
The FBI and police officials say they need to decrypt secure communications to fight crime. But they have other options, and modern threats make clear the importance of strong encryption.
It's ironic, but true, that the man who was lambasted for asserting the right for people to be bigots is at present the strongest voice in the cabinet for the protections of the rule of law.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.
The states' handover of driver licence data for a beefed up national facial biometric matching capability would only bring existing arrangements into 'real time'.
Malcolm Turnbull this week is pushing for a further toughening of national security laws.