Attorney-General Addresses Senior Executive Development Course, National Security College
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 10, 2011
Attorney-General Robert McClelland MP, today addressed part of the Senior Executive Development Course from the National Security College at Old Parliament House in Canberra.
The College which was established last year under the Leadership of Professor L’Estrange and has steadily been establishing itself as a centre for leadership, in the national security community.
The Attorney-General described the College as a centre for developing excellence and a vital pivot in the creation of networks within and outside government.
“The value of the Senior Executive Development Course, which is rapidly becoming the signature initiative of the College, is not only what you are exposed to and learn, but the networks you establish that will assist you in the future,” He said.
He went on to speak of the role the Government played in protecting national security, current and emerging threats and proposed policy reponses to changing situations.
A large continent like Australia, poised in its own magnificent expanse of ocean far from others may initially appear safe to the unsuspecting everyday citizen. But there are still many risks and dangers that threaten Australia’s security that the government and its security agencies must keep a vigilant eye on.
From espionage, terrorism, border violations, cyber attacks, organised crime, natural disasters and biosecurity events. These threats, some occurring on a daily basis, pose both security and safety risks, not only to Australia’s institutions of state but also to its people, economic assets, infrastructure and technology.
The Attorney-General went on to say that the security of the Australian nation was a shared responsibility and not the sole responsibility of the government and its agencies alone.
Local and national Awareness, sharing of information and the formation of security networks between governments, business and the community were of extreme importance in combating any possible rising threats. With the Government taking a key leadership role to protect the safety and security of all Australians and their national resources, infrastructure and assets.
To read the full transcript of the speech, please go here
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