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Fines or imprisonment for travellers if they do not comply with new police powers at airports

Fines or imprisonment for travellers if they do not comply with new police powers at airports

Police will be able to request ID, eject people from the premises and ban them from flights.

  • by Fergus Hunter

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Alarm as top-level security vetting is outsourced to private contractors
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Alarm as top-level security vetting is outsourced to private contractors

Sensitive personal information used to protect national secrets is increasingly being transported by commercial couriers and handled by private contractors.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Five Eyes intelligence partners threaten to name and shame foreign interference perpetrators
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Five Eyes intelligence partners threaten to name and shame foreign interference perpetrators

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States have vowed to step up their response to the problem.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Apple and Facebook pressured to reveal terror suspects' data
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Apple and Facebook pressured to reveal terror suspects' data

The Turnbull government will challenge tech giants, including Apple and Facebook, to do far more to stop terror suspects and criminals.

  • by David Crowe
ASIO seeing fewer young Australian jihadists
Islamic State

ASIO seeing fewer young Australian jihadists

Security agency ASIO has confirmed it is watching fewer young Australian jihadists. But it is seeing a rise in right-wing ideologies.

  • by David Wroe
Sabotage laws give Dutton new powers over energy, port facilities
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Sabotage laws give Dutton new powers over energy, port facilities

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will have new powers to step in and compel utilities operators to improve their defences against sabotage and spying.

  • by David Wroe
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Prosecution of Witness K and his lawyer is a disgraceful act of revenge
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Prosecution of Witness K and his lawyer is a disgraceful act of revenge

The government has waited until now to press charges over Witness K's decision to blow the whistle on what Australia did in East Timor. The real offence is not breaching secrecy, but embarrassing Australia.

  • by David Dixon
It's not dobbing, it's democracy
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Opinion

It's not dobbing, it's democracy

The culture of whistleblowers is crucial to holding governments to account.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
Top lawyers jump to the defence of former Australian spy Witness K
Andrew Wilkie

Top lawyers jump to the defence of former Australian spy Witness K

A former appeals court judge and a retired director of public prosecutions are defending Witness K, the former spy facing jail over a bugging scandal

  • by Nick O'Malley
Next 'national security' blow will hit Australians the hardest
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Next 'national security' blow will hit Australians the hardest

Almost a quarter of us have used the internet to make our voices heard. That could be about to change.

  • by Sunita Bose
Attorney-General Christian Porter signed off on spy charges over bugging case

Attorney-General Christian Porter signed off on spy charges over bugging case

Christian Porter approved the laying of criminal charges that could put a former spy and his lawyer behind bars.

  • by David Wroe