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It's time for the Turnbull government to reconsider the role of the Border Force and the legislative powers that it exercises. Last week, the Fair Work Commi ion made an order that the Community and P...
The intent of the enforcement regime of Australia's national drug strategy shouldn't be to arrest more people, nor seize more drugs. Rather, the intent behind our illicit drug enforcement strategy should be to reduce the supply of these harmful drugs in our communities.
Chilcot's review reveals that there were indeed two fundamental problems with the intelligence-based decision making at the time of the Iraq war.
The real problem arising from this week's revelations isn't so much the corruption of DIBP staff. It's the widespread criminality and system vulnerability present in Australia's visa regime.
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We shouldn't be leaving it to our politicians to decide if and when we share information with foreign police where the death penalty may be at play.
UNGASS 2016 was controversial by UN standards. While it stopped well short of a drug reform revolution, it has provided some very important first steps in the evolution of global drug policies.
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In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Jakarta and Belgium, intelligence collectors and police everywhere are under immense pressure to collect the necessary intelligence to protect us from future violence. In this pressure-cooker environment the intelligence and police agency red lines for acceptable covert intelligence collection are at risk of being blurred.
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To have a lasting impact on the availability of ice, the Australian Federal Police will now need to pursue less tangible, but more complex and difficult strategies focused on addressing the diversion of drugs and precursors in the Chinese chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
It's a truism that, regardless of your position on the issue, writing about racial profiling and law enforcement is controversial. One colleague recently went so far as to describe it to me as career suicide. But it's the very fact that racial profiling is an emotional topic which drives the need for more informed public debate and dialogue on its application in border security.
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Last week's attack serves as an indicator that the effectiveness of the Indonesian counter-terrorism intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance framework may be degraded in the face of the current terrorism trends.
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In Australia's popular culture, what celebrities do and what happens in the UK and US are important. And if this is true for Gen Y Australians, then increased heroin use shouldn't be a surprise.
Next year's United Nation's General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem is, by UN standards, set to be controversial. But it is unlikely to be the game changer in global drug policy that some are seeking.
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The number of Australian police operating overseas is rapidly reducing due to the continuous erosion of the Australian Federal Police's budget by bureaucratic demands for financial efficiency dividends. This is likely to have short and long-term security implications for Australians abroad and at home.
One of the first lessons from the Paris attacks for Australian policy makers is that, in light of a rising domestic terror threat, our active shooter police response capability needs to be rapidly enhanced.
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Securing a nation's borders, in an absolute sense, is at best an aspirational goal. Even if it were possible to check every package and every person entering and leaving Australia, the economic impacts of doing so would be catastrophic.
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For our Gen Y jihadists the seed of terrorism and extremism is more often than not planted through online grooming. Radicalisation takes place so quickly now: from online exploration to attack. To systematically counter this we need to understand the trigger points for change.
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This issue is different from Nauru: these people are in Australia and most are on track to eventually become Australian citizens. The Turnbull Government just might be the one to sort out the mess and put 30,000 people's minds at rest.
Mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences give the community and its leaders a sense of getting tough on drugs. But put bluntly, there is no evidence that they have any impact on the availability of drugs in our streets.
If the current cohort of Australia foreign fighters return home in large numbers we're in trouble: our law enforcement and security agencies lack the resources and legal policy settings to mitigate the threat of an attack on home soil.