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
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
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
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
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.
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