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Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that ASIS officers. often work in dangerous areas including under warlike conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s spies to be allowed to use more force

The legislation also will enable the Foreign Minister to specify extra people, such as a hostage, who may be protected by an ASIS staffer or agent.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Explainer: how the Australian intelligence community works

The recent creation of the Home Affairs super portfolio has added another four agencies to the national intelligence community. Here's how they work together.
Professor Michael L'Estrange will be one of three to conduct a review into Australia’s intelligence agencies. Alan Porrit/AAP

Intelligence agencies to be scrutinised

Malcolm Turnbull has announced an expert panel to undertake a broad review of Australia's intelligence agencies over the next few months.
Recent revelations of Australia’s intelligence practices have brought oversight issues into sharp focus. What mechanisms are there to hold these agencies to account? AAP/Dan Peled

Intelligence oversight and accountability: who watches the watchers?

The recent revelations of alleged telephone interception of Indonesian politicians, espionage in East Timor and raids in Canberra have raised more questions than they have answered about Australia’s intelligence…

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