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Annual Report

17 Oct 2017

ASIO’s Annual Report to Parliament for 2016-17 was tabled in both houses of Parliament on 17 October 2017.

ASIO is the only Australian intelligence agency that publicly releases an annual report. The report serves to inform the Parliament and public of how ASIO performed during the...

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Report

16 Oct 2017

This is one of three reports provided simultaneously to the Prime Minister as required by s 6(1B) of the INSLM Act. Each report concerns counter-terrorism legislation which, unless renewed, is due to expire by 7 September 2018.The INSLM Act requires me to provide reports of these reviews by 7...

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Report

10 Oct 2017

The last year has again demonstrated the growing public appetite to understand and defend against the evolving cyber threats facing Australia. High profile incidents of cybercrime have exemplified the speed with which cyber threats can propagate globally, how rapidly adversaries can adapt to...

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Report

07 Sep 2017

The articles reprinted in this report give a range of perspectives on the recent Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) review and its recommendations.

The articles in this report suggest that changes recommended by the review would change the...

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Commentary

02 Sep 2017

The latest volley of North Korean ballistic missiles, one of which flew over northern Japan, has pushed tensions on the Korean peninsula to a perilous tipping point where war is no longer unimaginable. The real prospect of a military conflict between nuclear-armed North Korea and the US and its...

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Discussion paper

30 Aug 2017

Key points:

  • The seizure of Marawi city by Daesh-linked militants is a game-changer for Southeast Asia, and presents a threat to all countries of the region.
  • Limiting the movement of money, technology, recruits and planning support to extremist groups in the
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Discussion paper

22 Aug 2017

Australia’s politicians are expected to treat issues of national security and foreign and defence policy in a ‘bipartisan’ fashion. Doing so is believed to create good policy, ensure national unity and protect the military. Polling for this report by The Australia Institute shows 71% of...

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Strategy

20 Aug 2017

Crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. Australia is not immune. Terrorists have plotted similar attacks here, including on crowded places, and we expect more will occur.

Australian...

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Briefing paper

08 Aug 2017

In December 2016, RAND and the National Security College at The Australian National University partnered to facilitate a cyber security–focused 360º Discovery Exercise in Canberra.

Key findings

  • An interdisciplinary exercise generated three overarching policy
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Report

08 Aug 2017

The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of measures taken to strengthen the protection of Australia’s posts and staff overseas.

To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO assessed whether:

  • a robust security framework that articulates an
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Briefing paper

07 Aug 2017

Key points:

  • National security has too often been run as a ‘top-down’ policy, with a tendency towards a ‘Canberra knows best’ approach.
  • The states and territories contribute many of the powers and capabilities needed to support our overall effort in dealing
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Guide

07 Aug 2017

On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio that will bring together Australia’s immigration, border protection, law enforcement and domestic security agencies in a single portfolio. As outlined in the recent Library paper,...

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Report

03 Aug 2017

This report provides a high-level analysis of how big data capabilities can be used and managed by Australia’s national security community.

The associated resource, ‘Big Data in National Security - online resource’, provides policy makers and the public with a detailed...

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Guide

28 Jul 2017

At approximately 10.30 pm on 22 May 2017, 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device among a concert-going crowd at Manchester Arena.

The device was concealed in a backpack carried by the bomber and detonated in the arena foyer at the end of the concert....

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Research report

21 Jul 2017

The May 2017 takeover of the southern Philippine city of Marawi by an alliance of pro-ISIS militants will have ramifications for the region long after the Philippines military retakes the city. These could include a higher risk of violent attacks in other Philippine cities and in Indonesia and...

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Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

The incoming Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton insists his new super-portfolio is all about protecting Australia and not advancing political agendas. The massive shake-up of security and intelligence agencies means that ASIO, the AFP and Border Force will all report to him. But the Minister...

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Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

Michael L'Estrange said the Prime Minister pointed out yesterday a new super Home Affairs ministry had been considered at various times before by government.

But he told RN Breakfast, 'I am not privy to the deliberations on a Home Affairs portfolio'.

He said, however, given his...

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Audio podcast

18 Jul 2017

On 18 July the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Dr Michael Fullilove and Dennis Richardson AO, who until his recent retirement was one of Australia’s most experienced and respected public servants.

On 12 May 2017, Dennis Richardson retired as the Secretary of the Department of...

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Report

17 Jul 2017

The 2017 independent review of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) has prepared findings and recommendations on the AIC and related issues below in a classified report for the government, along with this unclassified version of that report.

The review focused on the Office of...

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Research report

11 Jul 2017

Whether in Mexico, the US or Australia, the image of the transnational serious and organised crime (OC) threat from ‘Mexican cartels’ used to construct policy doesn’t appear to engage with the reality that there’s no homogeneous Mexican cartel, cartels or OC group.

This report argues that...

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