Nigel Brew

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Law enforcement access to My Health Record data

This FlagPost was originally published on 24 July 2018. It has since been amended to reference the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 relevant to the release of health information by private medical practitioners. As an adjunct task, it has also been updated to reflect...

A quick guide to the history of proposals for an Australian department of homeland security

This quick guide summarises the history of the concept of an Australian department of homeland security since 2001.

The house that ASIO built - a short history of the new Central Office of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

It is now eight years since the Howard Government first committed funds to expanding the Central Office of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in anticipation of an increase in staff numbers, and seven years since it was decided instead that an entirely new building...

Telecommunications data retention - an overview

This background note outlines the types of communications data generated by use of the Internet, email and phones, why law enforcement agencies want it retained, and what existing access law enforcement agencies have to such data. The Government’s interest in establishing a data retention scheme...

Australians in Guantanamo Bay: A chronology of the detention of Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks

In the months and years following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the United States, a number of people suspected of involvement with terrorist organisations or their activities were apprehended in various countries around the world. Many of these people were, and in...