New report on cyber security

Attorney-General Robert McClelland welcomed the release of a new report on the Australia’s response to the evolving cyber security threat. The report, Optimising Australia’s Response to the Cyber Challenge, was launched by the Kokoda Foundation at the National Press Club on Friday. It was co-sponsored by the Attorney-General’s Department. According to the report, cyber security […]

Flood crisis worsens

By Angela Dorizas Communities across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia have suffered from severe flooding, with 45 local government areas declared natural disaster zones. The flood crisis has so far claimed the lives of four people from the Queensland towns of Oxford Downs and Rockhampton, and Parkes in NSW. In Wagga Wagga, […]

Legislation to face human rights test

Australian Government policies and their compatibility with international human rights obligations will come under scrutiny, Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has announced. The Government has introduced legislation to establish a new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights to examine legislation for consistency with human rights obligations. These obligations are contained in the seven core international human rights treaties to […]

Human Rights Commissioner welcomes independent national security monitor

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government's commitment to appoint an independent national security monitor. Human Rights Commissioner, Cathy Branson, said the passage of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill would help strengthen Australia's human rights protections. “This legislation means that a Monitor will be in place with the important role of […]

Government announces single security vetting agency

Commonwealth security checks will be conducted by a single agency from October 2010. Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, have announced the establishment of a single agency to improve the security vetting process. Mr McClelland said centralisation of security checks would deliver savings of […]

Emergency Alert to deliver 300 texts a second

By Rob O’Brien The Attorney-General has launched a new emergency alert system in Victoria capable of sending 300 text messages a second and 1,000 voice messages a minute.   Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and the Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister, Bob Cameron launched the national telephone-based emergency warning system, ‘Emergency Alert’ at the Victorian State […]

McClelland releases emergency manuals

By Staff Writer Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin have released key emergency management manuals to improve flood preparedness, warnings and emergency response. “The manuals will assist Australian communities to build their resilience to flooding by providing information and expert advice to a range of relevant agencies and organisations,” Mr McClelland […]


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