National Security

October 2017

COAG agrees on enhanced biometric data exchange – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

A special meeting of the Council of Australian Governments has agreed on a series of measures aimed at strengthening national security.

Government funds establishment of Cyber Security CRC – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The Federal Government has announced a new industry-led cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of businesses and citizens in cyberspace.

September 2017

New policy on crowd security – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a strategy paper on strengthening security at venues where crowds are likely to gather.

July 2017

Prime Minister assesses his achievements at G20 – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described as “very successful” his visits to the G20 in Germany, to France and to the United Kingdom.

Government proposes to force internet companies to decrypt user messages – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry,

The Australian Government says it intends to introduce new laws to compel social media companies like Facebook and Google to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals.

June 2017

Turnbull seeks fight with Labor states over terrorism – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Public Sector, National Security,

There is nothing in the polls to lead Coalition strategists to think that the Budget – now a month behind us – has raised its popularity with voters. The figures have barely changed.

Hanson calls for internment of suspected terrorists – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Pauline Hanson has called for Australians on “terror watch lists” to be interned to protect the public.

February 2017

Lambie steps up rhetoric over burqa – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, National Security,

Tasmanian independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which would make it an offence to wear full face coverings in a public place under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Lambie says Government hiding Islamic terrorist details – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on Attorney-General George Brandis, who is responsible for Australia’s domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to detail how many people on Australia’s official terror watch list are not Islamic.

December 2016

US Alliance remains at centre of counter-terrorism stance, says PM – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the latest propaganda from Daesh (Islamic State) used footage of Australian locations and Australian icons in a call for further attacks against the West.

October 2016

Hanson and Hinch call for tougher ‘dual nationals’ sanctions – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security, Social and Community,

Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well, AAP reports.

September 2016

Government widens allowable terrorist targets in National Security statement – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia will expand its rules of engagement in the Middle East to remove existing bans on the Australian military which prevent them attacking non-combatant key personnel.

August 2016

Ausgrid infrastructure sale to China blocked on ‘national security’ grounds – August 2016

Filed under: Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry, Energy, Infrastructure,

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has blocked the bids for New South Wales electricity network Ausgrid, citing of national security concerns.

July 2016

International and diplomatic security policy proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition has committed to invest $58 million over four years to expand Australia’s diplomatic network.

May 2016

New IT capability for visa assessment – May 2016

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Elections, Immigration,

The Coalition, if re-elected, will establish a new Visa Risk Assessment (VRA) capability within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to better assess terrorism and criminal threats to Australia.

December 2015

Crime Commission and CrimTrac to merge – December 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

Legislation has been introduced in Federal Parliament to give effect to a merger between two of Australia’s most important law enforcement and criminal information agencies – CrimTrac and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

November 2015

Challenges grow just as Turnbull adds international success to his resume – November 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Tax,

With the exception of the notorious, welded-on Tony Abbott cheer squad, the public mood appears to be wishing Malcolm Turnbull continued success.

October 2015

The outlines of change are emerging – October 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Senate, Tax,

Although it is unfashionable to admit it, day-to-day public Federal politics, which is composed of a series of consultations, decisions and policy announcements, has fallen into something of an hiatus over the last week.

August 2015

Australia-Indonesia cooperation on foreign terrorism – August 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

Australia and Indonesia have agreed to work even more closely to address what Justice Minister Michael Keenan calls “the significant threat posed by the recruitment of foreign fighters by terrorist organisations”.

AFP signs new agreement with Indonesia – August 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Industrial Relations,

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Indonesian National Police (INP) have signed a new arrangement to “solidify” their long-standing working partnership in the fight against serious international crime.

Committee warns over human rights and citizenship – August 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has tabled its 25th Twenty-fifth Report of the 44th Parliament.

Leading without trying – August 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Energy, Climate Change,

The Labor Party can hardly believe its luck. With events running so consistently against the Government.

Parliamentary Committees and Parliamentary Library research – Human rights and citizenship

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has tabled its 25th Report of the 44th Parliament, which is highly critical of the provisions of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015.

July 2015

Governments agree on new ‘counter-terrorism blueprint’ – July 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

The Council of Australian Governments has endorsed “a comprehensive long-term national counter-terrorism blueprint”, Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

National security concerns playing well for Tony Abbott - July 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls,

The Coalition Government’s standing with voters, as reflected in opinion polls, continues to improve, despite the unpopularity of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, prompting speculation about an early election.

Draft telecommunications security legislation released - July 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

The Government has released draft legislation for reforms to maintain the security and resilience of Australia’s telecommunications networks in what it describes as “a global environment of increasingly sophisticated national security risks”.

Citizenship change legislation introduced - July 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

The Government introduced legislation that will strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism.

June 2015

Fresh strains over national security approach - June 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Immigration,

The Coalition, even at Cabinet level, is deeply divided over proposals sponsored by the Prime Minister to change citizenship laws as part of the anti-terrorism campaign.

Senate launches inquiries into seige letter, people smuggling payments - June 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Senate, Immigration,

A Senate committee will investigate the handling of a letter from Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis to Attorney-General George Brandis.

Cabinet leak highlights Government tensions, but motives disputed - June

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics,

The Government was severely embarrassed by a detailed leak to the Fairfax newspapers of divisions within the Cabinet over proposals to withdrew or limit Australian citizenship in the case of people believed to be linked to terrorism.

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