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.
A member of the Proud Boys at a rally in Melbourne in January 2021.
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.
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Members of the public mourn at a makeshift memorial following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March 2019.
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.
Mike Burgess, the head of ASIO, warns there are more foreign agents operating in Australia than at the height of the cold war - and many of them have the capability, intent, and persistence to cause significant harm.
The member for Canning has made a name for himself as a hawk on foreign influence in Australian politics.
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The alleged attempted penetration of federal parliament is significant, given (if true) its deep implication for Australia’s democratic system.
By (very unusually) confirming the investigation, ASIO boss Mike Burgess gives credibility to the Nine story that made the claim.
In his speech, Lewis noted the scale and sophistication of threats varied greatly.
In an address to the Lowy Institute, outgoing ASIO head Duncan Lewis warned that “the scale and scope of foreign intelligence activity against Australian interests is unprecedented”.
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.
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.
Keating’s comments gave the government an opening to shift the debate onto security.
On primary votes, the ALP dropped a point to 36%, while the Coalition was static on 38%, from the last Newspoll a week ago.
If Bill Shorten becomes prime minister, he should not be afraid to take a close look at the effectiveness of the home affairs “super” portfolio.
With polling showing Labor is vulnerable on security issues, the opposition leader has the difficult task of distinguishing his party from the government while not being wedged from the right.