Liberal and Labor camps expect incumbent John Alexander will hold on against the ALP’s Kristina Keneally.
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.
Increasingly, the language of ‘national security’ is invoked to protect a government’s broader interests.
New laws aiming to crack down on foreign interference in Australian politics suggest the concept of 'national security' is continually expanding.
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.
Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement.
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.
Sam Dastyari has been forced to resign as Labor’s deputy Senate whip.
Bill Shorten has forced Labor senator Sam Dastyari to quit as opposition deputy whip in the Senate.
What’s the best way to keep data secure?
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.
The exit of George Brandis would be one less frustration for Peter Dutton.
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.
The key messages from Thursday’s COAG meeting were about co-operation and a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
Federal and state leaders endorsed another set of counter-terrorism measures at a special meeting on Thursday.
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 special COAG on national security saw the leaders united on the need to do more.
The states' handover of driver licence data for a beefed up national facial biometric matching capability would only bring existing arrangements into 'real time'.
The AFP and state counterparts want longer questioning and detention time between a person being arrested and either charged or released.
Malcolm Turnbull this week is pushing for a further toughening of national security laws.
Rostow, front right, visited Vietnam in 1961.
AP Photo/Fred Waters
Walt Rostow argued communism was incompatible with economic development and was influential in persuading Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to get more involved in Vietnam.
At least 16 people have died, and scores more have been injured, in a terror attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas strip.
Barcelona 2017, London 2017, Berlin 2016, Nice 2016. In all of these cases the weapon of choice was a vehicle, driven at speed, into crowds innocently going about their daily business. Barcelona is just…
Police raided several Sydney properties over the weekend in relation to possible terror plots.
The government seems hell-bent on pre-crime arrest, prosecution, and punishment for terror offenders – while falling short in providing the necessary long-term support.
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the minister in charge of the new ‘super-portfolio’, Peter Dutton, announce the changes on Tuesday.
The creeping invisibility of the immigration portfolio comes as the government is overseeing major changes to immigration policy.
Politics Podcast: Peter Jennings on the home affairs department.
Peter Jennings says while the Department of Home Affairs will present an array of bureaucratic challenges, it is largely a 'sensible step'.