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Former NSW deputy commissioner now one of Australia’s most senior spies
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Former NSW deputy commissioner now one of Australia’s most senior spies

Former deputy NSW police commissioner Catherine Burn now holds a senior position in Australia’s most secret spy agency.

  • by Anthony Galloway

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‘Hateful ideologies’: Australia lists The Base and Hezbollah as terror groups

‘Hateful ideologies’: Australia lists The Base and Hezbollah as terror groups

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described The Base as a “violent, racist and neo-Nazi organisation” which had been planning terror attacks in several countries.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Top cyber spy pushes back on expansion of Five Eyes

Top cyber spy pushes back on expansion of Five Eyes

Australian Signals Directorate boss Rachel Noble says the spy network’s 80-year history means a lot of thought must go into any significant changes.

  • by Anthony Galloway
New powers, body cameras flagged for Qld government security officers

New powers, body cameras flagged for Qld government security officers

The 400 officers responsible for protecting state buildings are set to be given police-like powers to reduce the threat of civil disobedience and terrorism.

  • by Sean Parnell
Cyber spy boss says her agency needs to remain ‘poacher and gamekeeper’

Cyber spy boss says her agency needs to remain ‘poacher and gamekeeper’

The head of Australia’s cyber spy agency will declare that it is deeply engaged in offensive operations against adversaries.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Vaccines, autonomous vehicles and robots: Morrison to unveil list of critical technologies to be protected

Vaccines, autonomous vehicles and robots: Morrison to unveil list of critical technologies to be protected

More than 60 rapidly developing technologies, including vaccines, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and quantum technologies, could be blocked from being shared with Chinese universities and firms

  • by Anthony Galloway
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‘Moral obligation’: Call for permanent foreign aid boost as more than $300m nears end date
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‘Moral obligation’: Call for permanent foreign aid boost as more than $300m nears end date

New polling shows Australians have become more willing to spend money on foreign aid during the global pandemic.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Blitz at sea: Boats burnt, crews sent home as illegal fishing off WA skyrockets
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Blitz at sea: Boats burnt, crews sent home as illegal fishing off WA skyrockets

More illegal vessels have been intercepted in the past three months than an entire seven-year span before the 2020 pandemic. Exclusive drone footage obtained by WAtoday shows crew members walking on the coral reef.

  • by David Prestipino
‘Because it matters’: What is driving Penny Wong to get out of opposition
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‘Because it matters’: What is driving Penny Wong to get out of opposition

The popular senator marks her 20th anniversary in politics on Wednesday. But it’s been eight years since she was a cabinet minister.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Europe considering adopting Australia’s foreign interference laws to counter China
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Europe considering adopting Australia’s foreign interference laws to counter China

Liberal senator James Paterson has used a speech to the European Parliament to urge other democracies to work with Australia to counter China’s foreign interference.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Secret operation to interview families of Islamic State fighters in Syrian camp
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Secret operation to interview families of Islamic State fighters in Syrian camp

Intelligence officials have travelled to Syria as the federal government weighs up the repatriation of Australian women and children who have been held in refugee camps for almost three years.

  • by Anthony Galloway