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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.
Businessman Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola are strong advocates of anti-slavery measures. AAP/Alan Porritt

Should Australia have a Modern Slavery Act?

Any proposed solution to the problem of modern slavery must engage with the business community and government policies on migration and migrant labour.
Involving the media seems to send the message of how unpleasant the AFP can make life for people who challenge the government. AAP/Lukas Coch

Paying a high price for embarrassing the government

None of the politicians are talking about it, but threats to freedom of speech have emerged in three different guises in the first three weeks of the election campaign. First there was the assailing of…
Australian Federal Police officers outside Parliament House in Canberra today. The AFP is set to take over Parliament House security after ‘chatter’ about a possible terrorist attack. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Parliament ramps up security, only months after scaling it back

Liberal senator Bill Heffernan has had the last laugh on the serious question of security at Australia’s Parliament. Earlier this year, security was slackened in a bid to save A$400,000. MPs’ staff and…
Brendan O Connor.

FactCheck: are Interpol red notices often wrong?

“The Australian Federal Police takes [red notices] very seriously but knows it must examine the veracity or otherwise of those claims because quite often claims, even against Australian citizens who’ve…

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