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Climate change is expected to increase the severity of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, straining Australia’s ability to respond through humanitarian missions and fuelling more climate migration. Vlad Sokhin/UNICEF handout

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security. It must be a political priority

A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.
Bernard Collaery’s whistleblower trial will be a key test of the National Security Information Act and the restrictions it places on defendants and the courts. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s quest for national security is undermining the courts and could lead to secretive trials

The purpose of the NSIA is to protect national security information from being disclosed in courts. But this can undermine a defendant’s ability to argue his or her innocence.
Australia has enacted 20 new anti-terror laws since 2014. Several more bills have been introduced by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and are now before parliament. James Ross/AAP

Australia has enacted 82 anti-terror laws since 2001. But tough laws alone can’t eliminate terrorism

Australia now has one of the most comprehensive ranges of anti-terrorism laws of any Western democracy. It's time to think creatively about solutions, rather than continually reworking old strategies.

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