Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton appears to have backed down from his previous hardline position on AFP raids and press freedom.
While the ministerial direction represents a genuflection in the direction of press freedom, it provides nothing by way of protection for whistleblowers.
Peter Dutton has issued “ministerial direction” to the AFP over investigating leaks to the media.
Federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the government's "expectation" is that federal police should consider the importance of press freedom before investigating leaks to journalists.
Australian Signals Directorate boss Mike Burgess is named the new head of ASIO.
Mike Burgess, previously head of the Australian Signals Directorate, has a solid history in the intelligence area and Labor has welcomed the choice.
The creation of the Home Affairs department means that complex and sometimes competing security and law enforcement priorities now have a strategic policy home.
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Similar concerns were raised 40 years ago when the Department of Defence was formed, but the decision to merge several agencies is now held up for its strategic vision.
Jacinda Adern said the issue was having a ‘corrosive’ effect on Australia’s relationship with her country, and that Australia should not take the closeness of the relationship for granted.
Many people being deported have extensive family ties in Australia and have spent very little time in New Zealand.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is pushing to have new security laws passed by parliament as quickly as possible.
Allowing our citizens to be somebody else's problem, out of sight and out of mind, does not actually make the security risk to Australians go away.
If the bill is passed, Peter Dutton will have the authority to prevent an Australian citizen from re-entering Australia from overseas.
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Australia already has an extensive suite of anti-terrorism legislation, and the government hasn’t clarified what gap, if any, this new bill would fill.
Had Peter Dutton won the 2018 leadership ballot and become prime minister, the governor-general may have had some tricky legal arguments on his hands.
The Constitution says that the governor-general can only act to fill a vacancy in the prime ministership if there is one - but in this case, some complex questions would have arisen.
Malcolm Turnbull took to Twitter on Thursday, reigniting his battle with Christian Porter.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clashes with Attorney-General Christian Porter.
The medevac law was passed to streamline the process for emergency medical evacuation of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. Thirty-one people have been transferred since its passage.
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With parliament sitting next week, the home affairs minister is pressuring Labor to support a repeal of the medevac law. But the law has worked just as it was intended.
Senator Cory Bernardi announced this week that he will be winding up his party, the Australian Conservatives, following a lacklustre vote at the 2019 federal election.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton speaking to the media in Brisbane last month about a recent interception of an asylum seeker boat.
Australians should be concerned about any shift to an intelligence model that is based on the introduction of greater powers on the one hand, and less oversight and governance on the other.
There is an ongoing, low intensity cyber conflict between nation states that involves attacks and counter-attacks on critical infrastructure like power grids.
Our increasing connectivity and reliance on information technology is a vulnerability being targeted by two key threats: cyber attacks and the subversion of our democratic institutions.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie during general motions in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in 2017.
Dutton continues to insist the government could be compelled under the medevac legislation to transfer criminals, although the legislation gives the minister power to veto people on security grounds.
Screenshot from Labor Party advertisement linking Peter Dutton to Liberal candidates.
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While Peter Dutton is fighting for his political life in his marginal Brisbane seat of Dickson, he is being “weaponised” by Labor in its efforts to defeat two of his strongest Victorian supporters, Greg…
Dutton denies the lunch was about Huang’s citizenship bid.
Scott Morrison, desperate to smother what is on most criteria a damaging story coming almost on the eve of the election being called, insists there is nothing to see in Dutton's conduct.
Notifications of child sex offenders living in the area have, in some cases, created community hysteria and loss of sleep.
It may seem that having a public register which shows the whereabouts of dangerous people would keep the community safe. But evidence shows public sex offender registers do more harm than good.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
Prime Minister Scott Morrison in question time on Wednesday. He is being treated with less respect.
The Liberals this week are shell-shocked and unnerved after the Victorian rout and both the fact and implications of Banks' desertion.
Three recent faces of confirmed and alleged terror attacks each treated very differently: the two separate Bourke Street attackers – James Gargasoulas and Hassan Khalif Shire Ali – and Ertunc Eriklioglu, one of the three people arrested on November 20 for allegedly planning a terror attack.
As recent events show, we might get better media reporting if journalists questioned authorities more closely on the relevance of ethnicity and religion in crime reporting.