Tag: terrorism

Defence & Security

Progress and pitfalls in recent intelligence reforms

In July 2017, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he was to create a new construct to promote national security - the Department of Home Affairs. Renowned intelligence and security expert, Professor John Blaxland, publicly criticised the new governance arrangement on the grounds of contestability and disputed its rationale - which, he argued, was largely…

25 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How technology is shaping modern policing

Prior to the September 11th terrorist attack in 2001, many small and rural law enforcement agencies in the USA – along with more than half of the national population - were not yet connected to the internet, mostly due to a perceived lack of necessity. Sadly, terrorist groups were ahead of the national tipping point…

29 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Counter-terrorism efforts open door to privacy breaches

Controversial data retention laws were recently passed in March this year amidst privacy abuse concerns. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015 forces telecommunications companies and internet service providers (ISPs) to hold clients' metadata for two years. Although this Bill was passed on the grounds of terrorism and serious crime prevention, access…

13 May 2015, by Test1 Test1

Defence & Security

The threat of ISIS: Is Australia doing enough?

The emergence of ISIS and the introduction of new national security and anti-terror legislation continues to place a spotlight on Australia's borders, assets and information. Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Global Threat Environment Specialist and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, warned that governments need to be prepared to tackle…

15 Apr 2015, by Test1 Test1

Defence & Security

Security experts say governments need to be prepared to tackle new levels of threat

Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Global Threat Environment Specialist and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, says, "Homeland security spending will continue to grow because there is a new global threat landscape that is emerging with the rise of ISIS. "So governments worldwide will have to invest…

12 Mar 2015, by Test1 Test1

Transport & Logistics

Cyber-Attacks – A threat to critical aviation infrastructure?

Last week Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new national cyber security centre that will be established towards the end of the year. The facility will bring together the expertise of Defence, ASIO, the Attorney-General's Department, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission in a single location. In the past, critical infrastructure has already…

30 Jan 2013, by Test1 Test1

Defence & Security

Transport & Logistics

Airport security technology needs users ‘at the centre’

[youtube=http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=f3xF45Yn2K8] DR STEVEN SHORROCK of UNSW Aviation While technology plays a key role in airport security, it needs to be designed with users at the centre, says Dr Steven Shorrock. Dr Shorrock, psychologist, ergonomist and senior lecturer with the University of New South Wales’ Department of Aviation, says in an interview that recent international events…

12 Jan 2009, by Test1 Test1

Defence & Security

Attorney-General to speak at Counter Terrorism Summit

Attorney-General Robert McClelland will be a keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Counter Terrorism Summit in Melbourne on 28-29 October. Mr McClelland will speak on the Federal Government’s national security agenda and counter terrorism laws. The conference will cover a range of issues from a global risk assessment to emergency management, and feature international and…

13 Oct 2008, by Test1 Test1

Defence & Security

Transport & Logistics

Closing out terrorism by tracking criminality

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEd0Jgvjw30] Australian port and maritime security agencies are tracking criminal activity in an effort to identify security weaknesses that terrorists might also exploit. “Criminals and their activities tend to reveal vulnerabilities in maritime regimes and processes that could be exploited by terrorists,” says Paul Retter, Executive Director of the Federal Government’s Office of Transport Security.…

11 Sep 2008, by Test1 Test1