Spy boss joins terror fight

Original article by Paul Maley, Deborah Cornwall, Ean Higgins
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 18-Mar-19

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation will step up its monitoring of local right-wing extremists in the wake of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Federal cabinet’s ­National Security Committee will be briefed by ASIO’s director-general Duncan Lewis and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin on 18 March. Meanwhile, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the alleged perpetrator Brenton Tarrant seems to have been acting alone, and three other people who were arrested following the attacks are not believed to have been involved.

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AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIA. NATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, NEW ZEALAND. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Tough laws to put terror heat on tech titans

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 6-Jun-18

The Federal Government has proposed legislation that would require telcos and technology companies to provide law enforcement and intelligence agencies with access to the encrypted data of suspected terrorists and cyber-criminals. Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor notes that at present telcos are not required to co-operate in providing access to such data. He stresses that the legislation – which will also apply to digital companies such as Google and Facebook – will not result in the creation of so-called "backdoor keys" that would allow law enforcement agencies to decrypt such data.

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It’s Official: Australians not concerned about mass facial recognition technology

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Oct-17

A special Roy Morgan Snap SMS Survey has found that 67.5% of Australians are not concerned that "under anti-terror measures State Governments will provide driver licence photos for mass facial-recognition technology", while 32.5% are concerned. Analysis by Voting Intention shows that Greens supporters (59%) are more concerned about mass facial recognition technology than Labor supporters (33.5%) or Liberal-National Party supporters (19%). Meanwhile, analysis by gender shows little difference between women (33%) and men (32%) concerned about mass facial recognition technology, and analysis by Age shows that younger people (45% of those aged 18-24) are more likely to be concerned about mass facial recognition technology than older people (19% of those aged 65+).

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Terror cell ‘planned gas attack’

Original article by Paul Maley
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 31-Jul-17

Security has been boosted at Australian airports following the arrest of four men in Sydney on 30 July 2017. The four men, who are believed to be related, are suspected of plotting to bring down an aircraft by setting off a device that would have filled the plane with poisonous gas. It is understood that the arrests followed the receipt of information from a foreign intelligence service, and that the suspects were being assisted by Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

Pollsters split on impact of ‘khaki’ vote after Coalition poll bump

Original article by Edmund Tadros
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 24-Sep-14

The Australian Government’s primary vote has risen by 0.5 per cent to 38.5 per cent, according to a new Morgan Poll. The Australian Labor Party’s primary vote has risen by the same margin, to 37.5 per cent. Meanwhile, a Newspoll shows that the Coalition’s primary vote has risen to 41 per cent in the wake of police raids on terrorism suspects. Roy Morgan Research executive chairman Gary Morgan says the key issue for Australia at present is unemployment and under-employment, rather than national security

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Metadata to be defined under planned new data retention laws

Original article by Ben Grubb
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 5 : 28-Aug-14

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has conceded that the definition of "metadata" is currently too ambitious and vague. He has pledged that new legislation to force telcos and ISPs into storing the information for as long as two years, in order to aid anti-terrorism investigations, will now contain clear details on what types of data are covered. An internal discussion paper has already excluded unified resource locators and destination internet protocol addresses

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