Thursday 16 Aug 2018 | 09:37 | SYDNEY
Thursday 16 Aug 2018 | 09:37 | SYDNEY

Safeguarding Australia


Sam Roggeveen


24 July 2008 12:24

I'm attending the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre's Safeguarding Australia Summit. This is largely a practitioner's conference, intended for those who work daily on threats to Australian security. Terrorism is only one, of course, and one of the themes of the conference has been the broadening of the security agenda.

One interesting and encouraging trend I've picked up: the agenda is packed with discussion of national resilience. Regular readers will know this has been a interest of mine, though I'm a relatively new convert. Notably, resilience has not been a subject of debate at this conference, and no one has felt the need to argue strongly for it, presumably because the idea is now so uncontroversial. Instead, they've talked only about how to create a more resilient Australia. As I say, I’m new to this debate, so I could be wrong, but that seems a remarkably rapid adoption of an idea that got very little attention in the immediate post 9/11 period.

It’s good news that ‘resilience’ is now the accepted wisdom among practitioners, and it seems the Rudd Government is buying in too. Attorney General McClelland mentioned resilience in his remarks to the conference, and whispers here indicate it will be a part of the National Security Statement, due next month.