ASIO is effective in defeating threats and being transparent in reporting on them, but its latest annual threat assessment leaves room to question its strategic priorities.
In its annual threat assessment, the spy agency has named sabotage by foreign actors as an increasing concern - and we too, should take it seriously.
A Sydney man has been arrested under Australia’s foreign interference laws for sharing what he claims was open-source information. It could be a test case for the new laws.
Australia has a complex scheme of 27 new espionage offences, but prosecuting spies is challenging in practice. Here’s why
The terror threat level has receded for now, but another wave will surely come.
Australia is seeing foreign interference attempts ‘at all levels of government’. But awareness is key to stopping it, not unenforceable laws.
If you were to believe the Morrison government, you’d think Anthony Albanese as prime minister would sell out Australia’s interests to China, give criminals a break, and perhaps sneak in a death tax.
Spies have changed since the days of the Cold War. The sort of information they seek is much broader than just military or intelligence secrets.
former ASIO head David Irvine on the cyber threats Australia faces
Michelle Grattan discusses cyber security with former chairman of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, David Irvine
Our intelligence agencies need to speak clearly, without fear or favour, but also without inflaming prejudice.
ASIO is changing the language it uses to describe violent threats, because it says the current labels, such as “left”, “right” and “Islamic” are no longer fit for purpose.“
There is a deep and widening gulf in trust and communications between the agencies and the media that has clearly boiled over in ways that damage both institutions.
The time has come to deal with hateful extremism before it manifests as violent extremism. This includes having a public register of hate incidents.
Amid increasingly sophisticated ploys online, it can be difficult to tell the difference between innocent social networking and a national security offence.
New far-right groups have emerged during the pandemic and existing groups have become more radicalised and increased their memberships.
A raid undertaken by ASIO and AFP of two Chinese journalists in June as come to light.
Some changes in the new security bill submitted to parliament last week are welcome, but others require careful scrutiny, especially when the rights of children are at stake.
My assessment is that there are about 150 to 300 core right-wing activists in New Zealand. This might sound modest – but proportionate to population, it’s similar to extremist numbers in Germany.
Michelle Grattan about the week in politics, including the implementation of an emergency plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, climate change policy, national security and Bettina Arndt
In the wake of last year’s Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s intelligence agencies must become more transparent in their reporting on the risk of right-wing terrorism.