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7 Aug 2017
National Security College (ANU)
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 with a wide range of national security issues.
Harnessing all jurisdictions for national security purposes will be essential to address our national security challenges and their role here will only grow.
COAG should commission a fundamental study to examine how the states and territories operate in the area of national security.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, with First Ministers’ departments, should convene a regular summit on national security issues for senior officials and key senior ministerial advisors.
The new Home Affairs portfolio should establish better practical coordination and information sharing across jurisdictions as an ongoing priority.
Australian National University
8 Aug 2017
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