ASIO's spying shame

Updated April 23 2018 - 8:04pm, first published January 5 2014 - 3:00am

THE list of now-prominent Australians reported as having been ''subjects of interest'' to ASIO in the 1960s and '70s should give us pause. Those who later rose to the positions of High Court judge, premier of Tasmania and president of the NSW Legislative Council, among others, were never threats to national security. That citizens of a democracy could be subject to such surveillance is shameful, and a waste of tax dollars.