Referendum committee goes another round

By Julian Bajkowski The parliamentary committee tasked with deciding whether a referendum on financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution should go ahead will hold a rapid second public hearing on February 20th as opposing sides of politics battle to a September plebiscite alive. A notice from the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional […]

Roxon gives Victorian corruption watchdog bugs

By Paul Hemsley Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has formally declared that phone tapping powers will be granted to Victoria’s recently established Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) as soon as its predecessor, the Office of Police Integrity (OPI) is abolished. The move clears an important legal roadblock in the creation of the new watchdog which had […]

ASIO warns of internet terror recruitment

By Julian Bajkowski The head of Australia’s domestic spy agency has revealed that internet-addicted loners and individuals with far right-wing and white-supremacist views have escalated as an area of concern for potential terrorist activity. In a carefully nuanced speech to the Security In Government conference in Canberra, the Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence […]

Building security culture at SIG

The annual Security in Government (SIG) Conference, hosted by the Attorney-General’s Department, is to be held from 3 – 5 September at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The SIG Conference, now in its 24th year, began as a meeting of Agency Security Advisers in 1987. Today it has grown to become one of the leading […]

AG wants security industry regulation

By Paul Hemsley Plans to regulate the private security industry in dealing with government were outlined by Federal Attorney General, Nicola Roxon. Ms Roxon gave a talk at the ASIAL Security 2012 Conference in Sydney about regulating the private security industry with a licencing scheme reform. According to Ms Roxon, these reforms are one way […]

Indigenous business gains federal support

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has become a member of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) to support certified Indigenous suppliers. Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said this follows the recent change to Commonwealth procurement guidelines. This allows departments and agencies to contract small and medium Indigenous businesses […]


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