Nick Warner, the new director general of the Office of National Intelligence, has sounded the alarm about Australia’s lack of preparedness to counter cyber-threats.
We have not been able to develop an intelligence workforce that can keep up with the speed of advancing technologies and their threat to our national security.
Climate change is expected to increase the severity of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, straining Australia’s ability to respond through humanitarian missions and fuelling more climate migration.
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A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.
The Christchurch attack is a clear signal we need to change our approach to both hateful extremism and toxic political discourse in Australia.
To understand the threat better, we need to devote more resources to monitoring and tracking far-right forums and social networks and a national database tracking hate crimes.
A lack of understanding between American and Middle-Eastern culture is a national security risk.
National security isn't just about warding off physical attacks. It's also about understanding cultural forces that drive a society to think, feel and act in certain ways, a political scientist says.
Bernard Collaery’s whistleblower trial will be a key test of the National Security Information Act and the restrictions it places on defendants and the courts.
The purpose of the NSIA is to protect national security information from being disclosed in courts. But this can undermine a defendant’s ability to argue his or her innocence.
Australia has enacted 20 new anti-terror laws since 2014. Several more bills have been introduced by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and are now before parliament.
Australia now has one of the most comprehensive ranges of anti-terrorism laws of any Western democracy. It's time to think creatively about solutions, rather than continually reworking old strategies.
Blowing the whistle carries major risks.
In many instances, whistleblowers find the abusive power they have revealed turned against them, both ending their careers and harming their personal lives.
Storm clouds are gathering.
Political leaders are ignoring dangerous threats to American national sovereignty, security and citizens' peace of mind.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton appears to have backed down from his previous hardline position on AFP raids and press freedom.
While the ministerial direction represents a genuflection in the direction of press freedom, it provides nothing by way of protection for whistleblowers.
A range of laws allow Australian agencies such as local governments to peer over security agencies’ shoulder at your personal data.
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
Two Australian Federal Police officers walking out of the ABC Ultimo building after conducting a raid.
Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.
China is the source of growing frustrations between Canberra and Washington.
China threatens to divide the close bond Australia and the US have shared for decades.
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Ideally, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for media freedom. But, in the meantime, four laws need urgent reform to better balance those freedoms with national security.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet launching from the USS Theodore Roosevelt on full afterburner.
Many current and former US military leaders call climate change a serious national security threat, but few of them mention the Defense Department's big carbon footprint.
This week’s police raids have forced us to think again about the role of the media in a democracy.
After this week's police raids on media outlets, we need a better way to balance two crucial elements of our democracy - national security and press freedom.
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This week's raids on media show our democracy at its darkest.
On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report.
This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.
He’s won again: Narendra Modi.
Despite branding himself India's 'watchman', Modi has a mixed record when it comes to keeping India secure.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, May 1, 2019.
Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played a lot of golf with President Donald Trump over the past two years.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan's economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president's heart.