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Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Australian PM and Benjamin Netanyahu disagree on Iran nuclear agreement but emphasise their shared threat from ‘militant Islamist terrorism’The relationship between Australia and Israel has never been
Brandis reveals plans to curb 'unprecedented' foreign influence on politics

Brandis reveals plans to curb 'unprecedented' foreign influence on politics

Attorney general will ban overseas donations and set up Australian version of US scheme listing foreign agentsThe government has announced details of its long-foreshadowed crackdown on foreign
Man arrested over alleged plan for terror act on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Man arrested over alleged plan for terror act on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Victoria police say 20-year-old man, who has not been charged, was arrested after joint counter-terrorism operation in the city on MondayA 20-year-old man has been arrested in Victoria after
AFP did not destroy copies of journalist's phone records it unlawfully accessed

AFP did not destroy copies of journalist's phone records it unlawfully accessed

Commonwealth ombudsman says it found additional records of metadata obtained to identify journalist’s sourceThe Australian federal police did not destroy all copies of phone records it obtained
Turnbull asks for section 44 to be looked at over citizenship issues – politics live

Turnbull asks for section 44 to be looked at over citizenship issues – politics live

Prime minister says Australians want parliament to resolve the citizenship issues once and for all. Follow all the day’s politics, live 5.59am GMT What a day.The Senate took the historic step of
One Nation senator condemned for warning schoolkids may become Islamist terrorists

One Nation senator condemned for warning schoolkids may become Islamist terrorists

Letters from Brian Burston to school principals sent on Senate letterhead with no mention of One NationA One Nation senator is writing to school principals warning them their children risk turning
Dual citizenship: MPs' declarations made public – as it happened

Dual citizenship: MPs' declarations made public – as it happened

Malcolm Turnbull announces new foreign interference laws but Labor demands inquiry into their impact. Follow the action live 7.32am GMT The House is going to continue with the marriage equality
Confucius Institute in NSW education department 'unacceptable' – analyst

Confucius Institute in NSW education department 'unacceptable' – analyst

Ross Babbage calls for review of Chinese government-affiliated entity embedded in state government departmentA former senior intelligence analyst for the Australian government is calling for an urgent
Commonwealth Bank accused of more anti-money laundering law breaches

Commonwealth Bank accused of more anti-money laundering law breaches

Australia’s financial intelligence agency raises number of alleged contraventions, which also relate to terrorism financing, to more than 53,800Commonwealth Bank has been hit with another 100
Huge New Year's Eve police operation planned for Sydney and Melbourne

Huge New Year's Eve police operation planned for Sydney and Melbourne

‘We will basically lock down the centre of the city,’ Victoria police chief says as NSW counterparts vow to protect revellersNew Year’s Eve in Australia’s two largest cities will be under the watchful
'There's a lot of repenting': why Australian prisoners are converting to Islam

'There's a lot of repenting': why Australian prisoners are converting to Islam

Experts say prison conversions can be a positive force, giving inmates hope, structure and a pathway to rehabilitation. It’s when harsh conditions and segregation are introduced that radicalisation
Security taken with a pinch of salt: alarm at Parliament House white powder scare

Security taken with a pinch of salt: alarm at Parliament House white powder scare

A security officer’s response to a suspicious substance in a public area has prompted accusations of ‘recklessly ignoring proper protocols’The white powder in a populated public area of Parliament
Australia's financial regulator wants to go undercover on dark web

Australia's financial regulator wants to go undercover on dark web

Australian Securities and Investment Commission says it needs more powers to combat financial crimeThe corporate watchdog wants new powers for its investigators to go undercover to combat financial
Sydney former public servant charged with sending $30,000 to Isis

Sydney former public servant charged with sending $30,000 to Isis

Linda Merhi, 40, appears in court charged with five counts of making funds available to a terrorist organisationA former federal public servant has appeared in a Sydney court over allegations she
Coalition's security laws ‘criminalise’ reporting, media companies warn

Coalition's security laws ‘criminalise’ reporting, media companies warn

Law changes could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed for up to 20 yearsProposed changes to Australia’s national security laws that could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed for up to 20
Chinese government exerts influence across Australian society, MPs told

Chinese government exerts influence across Australian society, MPs told

Submission to parliamentary committee details how Communist party front groups influence business, politics and educationThe Chinese government uses a sophisticated network of supposedly non-political
Asio says threat to Australia greater now than in cold war

Asio says threat to Australia greater now than in cold war

Agency says controversial new security laws needed to counter ‘pervasive’ foreign threatThe Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) has told a parliamentary inquiry that it needs sweeping
Top secret Australian government files found in secondhand shop

Top secret Australian government files found in secondhand shop

Hundreds of documents were in filing cabinets bought for ‘small change’ because they had no keyFinding and exposing classified government information is a traditionally dangerous occupation –
Asio officers visit ABC to secure cabinet documents

Asio officers visit ABC to secure cabinet documents

Officers use safes to store papers discovered in cabinets bought from second-hand shop Asio officers secured thousands of sensitive government cabinet documents at ABC offices in Canberra and Brisbane
Christian Porter looks at power to decide on prosecution of journalists

Christian Porter looks at power to decide on prosecution of journalists

Attorney general could set up sign-off safeguard for journalists under proposed secrecy lawsThe attorney general is considering giving himself the power to block prosecution of journalists under the