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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain arrives for a news conference in Annapolis, Md. REUTERS/Jim Young

John McCain helped build a country that no longer reflects his values

Sen. John McCain, facing terminal cancer, will end his career with growing repudiation by his party and the public of positions, from national defense to bipartisanship, that he has long embodied.
Random ID checks announced last week by the Turnbull government will erode trust between police and the public. AAP/Ellen Smith

Why random identification checks at airports are a bad idea

We need to ensure we do not sacrifice our liberty in the pursuit of a goal that is at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive.
The challenge for legislators, courts and the wider community is to ensure any interference with privacy is minimal, rather than merely lawful. Shutterstock

Trust is the second casualty in the war on terror

It is vital for governments and citizens to discuss how much privacy should be sacrificed when issues of national security arise.
President Donald Trump with now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. AP /Andrew Harnik

Trump national security staff merry-go-round reflects decades of policy competition and conflict

John Bolton just started his job as National Security Adviser to President Trump. He's the latest in a ever-changing cast of staffers, raising the question: Who's in charge of national security?

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