Philip Dorling

Only one in 10 Pine Gap spies is employed by Australian government

Pine Gap.

Philip Dorling Only one in 10 workers at the top secret Pine Gap spy base is employed by the Australian government, and security experts fear that "corporatisation" is eroding Australia's knowledge of what goes on...

Greens condemn Coalition and Labor hostility towards Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks publisher marks three years in Ecuador's embassy

Friday marks three years since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered the Ecuador's embassy in London with the South American country granting him asylum.

Philip Dorling Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlum has condemned the hostility of both the Coalition government and Labor towards Australian WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange who today marks the third...

'Offensive and sad': Parliament House architect Romaldo Giurgola slams fence plan

Parliament House architect Romaldo Giurgola

Philip Dorling The internationally renowned architect responsible for the design of Federal Parliament House has condemned plans to fortify its ministerial wing with a steel security fence.

Armed federal police to patrol press gallery in Parliament security crackdown

On patrol: An AFP officer armed with an SR-16 stands guard at the front of Parliament House in Canberra in October.

Philip Dorling Armed Australian Federal Police officers will soon be patrolling the corridors of the Australian Parliament’s press gallery and security agencies plan to jam telephone and internet links in the...

Senate approves urgent investigation into Federal Parliament security

An AFP officer armed with an SR-16 stands guard to the front of Parliament House in Canberra in October.

Philip Dorling Parliament House security will be reviewed by a high-powered Senate committee in an effort to reassert parliamentary control over the Abbott government's plans to fortify the national legislature.

WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat

Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are at

Philip Dorling Australian health, environment and public welfare regulation, including plain tobacco packaging legislation will be open for challenge from largely US-based corporation, if a new  deal that is...

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Prime Minister to be protected by $2m security upgrade

federal parliament

Philip Dorling Prime Minister Abbott is to be protected by a new 2.6 metre steel fence.

Security laws bring us closer to the day when journalists will be jailed for reporting

Philip Dorling Sooner or later an Australian journalist will be prosecuted and perhaps jailed for receiving leaked government information.

Australian spy at centre of East Timor bugging scandal still under investigation

East Timorese soldiers in front of the Palacio do Governo in Dili.

Philip Dorling A former Australian spy remains under police investigation more than fourteen months after ASIO controversially raided his home and triggered international legal action by East Timor that humiliated...

Australian military to be trained in drone use

Philip Dorling Australian military personnel could soon be pushing the button on lethal drone strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Australian Defence Force seeks greater expertise in remote control warfare.

Federal police want to use military drones to spy on Australians from the sky

FROM ABOVE: Aviation NZ is developing a code of conduct for drones.

Philip Dorling Military drones should be used for surveillance over Australia, an Australian Federal Police submission to a parliamentary inquiry says.

Australian special forces work with Iraqi security group accused of killing prisoners, torture

Home run: Special forces returning to Australia.

Philip Dorling, David Wroe Australian Special Forces in Iraq are working with an elite Iraqi security force accused of killing prisoners and other human rights violations.

ASIO spy case file on Labor MP Albert James reveals KGB meetings

Declassified: Albert James' ASIO file reveals the left-wing Labor MP met regularly with KGB officers.

Philip Dorling Albert "Bert" James was wined and dined by Russian spies for two decades as a Soviet "agent of influence" in the Labor Party. 

Attorney-General appeals against the release of secret diplomatic information on East Timor

Sensitive case: Attorney-General George Brandis has issued a

Philip Dorling A highly unusual case, involving a fragment of information from a diplomatic file on Indonesian military war crimes in East Timor, and a mystery government witness, is to be heard by the Federal...

Cost of government gifts for foreign officials tops $3.4m in five years

Purchases of gifts for foreign officials have surged in the run-up to the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Philip Dorling The Australian government has spent more than $3.4 million on gifts for foreign dignitaries and officials, with purchases surging in the run-up to the G20 summit in Brisbane.

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency

Philip Dorling An American website has revealed some of the most secret activities of Australia's electronic spy agency as well as counter-espionage information Australia's closest allies withheld from Canberra.

ASIO monitored Labor MP who was KGB informant

Albert 'Bert' James circa 1970s.

Philip Dorling ASIO was on the trail of a federal Labor MP recently exposed as a KGB informant, a new official history reveals. 

Bureau warned Greg Hunt about climate change before he cited Wikipedia

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Philip Dorling, Lisa Cox Environment Minister Greg Hunt was given a thorough briefing about the effects of climate change on Australia's weather patterns three weeks before he told a BBC radio interview he had sourced...

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Spy organisation scouring social media for extremist threats

Keeping watch: The Office of National Assessments is recruiting for numerous roles, including social media analysts, in a bid to track extremism.

Philip Dorling Australia's peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Former Labor MP Albert James listed as secret KGB informant on Russian archives

Philip Dorling A federal Labor MP was among a list of secret KGB informants, according to newly released Russian intelligence archives.