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DIRTY SECRETS: OUR ASIO FILES

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If you think you’re under surveillance, you more than likely are. Australia has a long history of surveying its own citizens, well beyond that of comparable Western countries. Described by its critics as a secret parallel police force which has done enormous harm to Australian democracy, The Australian Security Intelligence Service is forever a source of fearful fascination for Australians.

Its new offices in Canberra are almost as imposing as Parliament House itself.

Since 9/11 the agency has been gifted billions of dollars. Yet its operations completely lack transparency.

In the last budget the Turnbull/Abbott government gifted them yet more hundreds of millions of dollars, yet it is a secret as to exactly how much!!

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