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.”
Australia is under increasing threat from right-wing terrorism, and to properly combat it we need to understand it and offer better alternatives for those drawn to it.
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.
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.