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The australian government is recruiting for spies do you meet the job criteria

THOSE who fancy themselves as a real life James Bond or ‘Agent 99’ have an opportunity to realise their dreams as the Australian Government recruits for spies.

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is an intelligence agency in the Department of Defence and is currently advertising several covert positions on its website.

The ASD is responsible for the collection of foreign intelligence by interception while stopping others from doing the same to us and protecting our governments information and cyber security. Its mission is to reveal their secrets protect our own.

The spy agency is currently seeking to recruit offensive and defensive cyber specialists to catch Australias phishing foes and defend Australia from the dark side.

Do you want to do things that most people cannot? Do you like to grapple with complex and unusual problems? Can you be counted on to find innovative and clever solutions? the advertisement reads.

ASD operates in incredibly challenging and dynamic technical and operational environments. As such it requires a rare mix of staff with skills, adaptability and imagination.

These abilities are needed to out-think and out-imagine some of the most testing adversaries and problems imaginable.

But its no easy feat to become a government spy. The selection process can be gruelling. Applicants must be Australian citizens and undergo a comprehensive security assessment covering your whole life. They are asked to be discreet discussing your application. Those who pass background and security checks will be subjected to a psychological assessment which determines whether or not the applicant has the professional capacity to work in a high-security environment.

Most people only need to know that you have applied for a job with Defence, the advertisement reads.

If you want to work with other smart, skilled people, consider ASD for your career. If you consider yourself one of the best, then we are interested in you.

In Australia, there are two primary organisations responsible for intelligence services: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the more aptly low profile Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

Both organisations work in intelligence gathering with ASIO focused on the domestic sphere while ASIS is international and based out of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If youre interested in spy work, theres a trove of information available on the organisations websites, which is now their main recruitment portal. There are also information nights, commonly on university campuses.

The whole recruitment process can take between six months and a year with security assessments taking some time to complete. But the chances of success are slim. Assuming youve met all the initial criteria, approximately one in every 100 hundred applicants for ASIS and around one in every 50 for ASIO actually get hired.

The big problem with the 80k tax cut

SCOTT Morrison tried. He really did.

He went in with a heartfelt pitch targeting average Australians. But by the time his compassion was proved misguided, it was too late.

Details of income tax cuts to Australians earning more than $80,000 the average wage in Mr Morrisons view came ahead of the Budget announcement, but after it was signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered.

The announcement on Budget eve was met with raised eyebrows and a whole lot of mythbusting by the estimated 75 per cent of Australians earning less.

Mr Morrison was referring to the average fulltime wage, not the wages of all workers, which is the first problem.

The second is, this tax break hes proudly selling effects only a handful of Australians, and theyll hardly be better off for it.

As the Treasurer declared last night, increasing the middle income tax bracket from $80,000 to $87,000 prevents the 500,000 Australians earning within that range creeping into the second highest tax bracket and having to pay more income tax, which is 37 cents in the dollar.

Whats lacking in a lot of the commentary around this is that the pre-Budget tax brackets mean 37 cents is only applied to every dollar earned over $80,000.

Thats now being lifted to $87,000, meaning the greatest benefit anyone in the middle income tax bracket and beyond will get is $315.

For someone earning more than $80,000, $315 is not a whole lot of money. Its around $6 a week.

Its a coffee or two with your brunch on Saturday. Its a fancy dinner or a new frock or two. It would barely cover two weekly trips to the farmers markets.

That extra $6 hardly makes a dent in grocery bills, school fees, childcare payments or health care costs.

The Treasurer is right that the tax cuts will provide relief, but its hardly anything to be beaming about.

The tax cuts will cost close to $4 billion over four years and theres no pay packet relief for people earning under that threshold.

Greens MP Adam Bandt has slammed the Government for offering this relief to wealthy Australians while ignoring those who need it.

We dont need it. Ordinary Australians do and they miss out in this Budget, he said.

Thats $4 billion less for schools and hospitals just so that above-average income earners can get a $6 a week tax cut that wont even buy them a sandwich.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said: This is a Budget which favours the millionaires over the battlers. The high income earners over the families.

Senator John Madigan called it an unprincipled attack on low-income earners, the disabled, students and families.

When he delivered the news last night, Mr Morrison did acknowledge the tax cuts might not satisfy all.

Of course we would like to do more, but this is what we can afford today, he said.

And itll be up to Australians, average and otherwise, to see if Mr Morrison gets another chance to do more at the election in two months time.

Shorten speaks on Sunrise about the Turnbull government's budget. Courtesy: Sunrise