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Peter Dutton has issued “ministerial direction” to the AFP over investigating leaks to the media. DARREN ENGLAND/AAP

Government tells police to lay off journalists in investigating leaks

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.
Kershaw has demonstrated he is not afraid of change and tackling integrity issues in his previous roles – traits that could serve him well in his new job. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Meet Reece Kershaw, the new AFP commissioner. He’s confronted superiors before, and will need to again

The new AFP commissioner faces challenges unlike those of his predecessors, such as ensuring the independence and integrity of the police force within the Home Affairs ministry.
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.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said the government was only informed when raids relating to leaks about the NBN had started. AAP/Mick Tsikas

AFP commissioner Colvin defends timing of raids on Labor

AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended police raids at the Melbourne office of Labor's deputy Senate leader Stephen Conroy and the home of an ALP staffer.
Australian Federal Police posing with a large bag of ice seized as part of a record haul. But will this make any difference to the market for crystal methamphetamine? AAP/Australian Federal Police

Ice ice baby: record seizure won’t freeze crystal meth market

Yesterday’s record 585 kg crystal methamphetamine seizure made headlines, but then so do many others. Was this one big enough to deserve special attention? And what effect does a seizure like this have…

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