'My fellow Australians, our country stands on the brink of a danger so perilous, so over-arching and all-encompassing, that I hardly know how to describe it.' – guest columnist Attorney-General George Brandis
Senators will debate proposed crossbench changes to metadata laws today, with the government keen to get the bill passed by the end of the week.
The major parties have hammered out a deal on data retention that will see a public interest advocate arguing against police being able to access a journalist's metadata as part of a warrant process, writes Bernard Keane.
Details of changes the government has agreed to protecting journalists and their sources in metadata legislation is being anticipated.
The Australian Press Council says democracy will suffer if journalists are not exempted from the government's proposed metadata retention regime.
Greens senator Scott Ludlam speaks to Hans Lovejoy about how the government’s plans to keep tabs on us are flawed
In the course of the government's announcement on last week of its proposal for a mass surveillance data retention scheme, a number of falsehoods were uttered.
Brendan Molloy, Pirate Party president. The Pirate Party is critical of the federal government's secrecy surrounding its most recent discussion paper on data retention.
Tony Abbott has managed to unload his unpopular plan to scrap Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, but his metadata proposal has unleashed a debate that could be almost as damaging and probably not worth the effort anyway.