21 Nov 2018

Melbourne ‘terror plot’: Three held over ‘chilling’ gun plan, police say

Australian police have arrested three suspects allegedly plotting to commit a terror attack with a semi-automatic rifle in Melbourne. The suspects were reportedly “inspired” by ISIS, although any connection or funding to the organization has not been reported. The trio had not picked a location, but were planning to attack

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30 Oct 2018

China Is Secretly Enrolling Military Scientists in Western Universities

A recent report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found that 2,500 scientists secretly sponsored by the Chinese military have gone to study abroad since 2007, with the intelligence sharing “Five Eyes” countries (USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – an intelligence alliance that highlights China as one

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23 Aug 2018

Australia bans China’s Huawei from mobile network project, angers Beijing

Citing risks of foreign interference and hacking, Australia banned Chinese telecoms company Huawei from supplying equipment to the country’s upgraded mobile network. The U.S. recently made a similar ban on ZTE Corp as governments question the connections and level of embeddedness of the Chinese government within these companies. The Australian

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29 Jun 2018

Australia warns of cold war-style espionage as it passes law banning covert foreign interference in politics

Australia passed two pieces of national security legislation that critics complain criminalizes dissent and is unnecessarily directed towards China, the country’s largest trading partner. The laws ban covert foreign interference in politics, criminalize industrial espionage, and create a public register where lobbyists for foreign governments must be listed. Proponents emphasize

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26 Jun 2018

Australia to monitor seas with high-tech drones from the U.S.

Australia has announced the purchase of a fleet of long-range, unmanned drones from the U.S. to support maritime monitoring of illegal fishing, human trafficking, and foreign navy movements. The drones will cover areas extending into the South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and even into the Antarctic. 

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13 Apr 2016

Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering

Places of mass gathering can pose a broad range of security challenges for their owners and operators. Violent extremists and disgruntled individuals have specifically identified these places as attractive targets both in Australia and overseas. Improvised explosive device (IED) attacks overseas often occur in crowded places such as public transport

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