In Australia, today’s opposition leader could be tomorrow’s prime minister - even without an election.
It is fundamental to our national security that, at the very least, relevant leading members of the opposition should be cleared to deal with classified information and, at times of looming threat, be briefed on the available intelligence.
An alternative way forward is that closed briefings could be made to an appropriate cross-party group, for example, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security.
This is an issue that should be considered when drafting a model for accountability. But it shouldn’t be an argument to dismiss this reasonable and fair campaign.