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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has used a speech at the Crawford School’s National Security College to launch a National Security Strategy aiming to identify and plan for the security challenges in a post 9/11 world.
The plan – Strong and Secure: A Strategy for Australia’s National Security – highlights continuing security risks for the decade ahead, including state-based conflict, Iran’s nuclear program and North Korea’s missile program, as well as new era threats including cybercrime.
Ms Gillard told the audience of politicians, public servants and members of the ANU community that the strategy put the focus of efforts on our own region, and identified three specific areas where the government would be dedicating increased effort over the next five years.
“First, effective partnerships,” she said.
“In an increasingly complex and interconnected strategic environment, we can only succeed by working smart and by working together.
“The second identified area for increased effort is cyber security.
“Australia is an attractive target for a range of malicious cyber actors, from politically-motivated hackers and criminal networks to nation-states.
“Malicious cyber activity will likely be with us for many decades to come, so we must be prepared for a long, persistent fight.
“Perhaps nothing better characterises the National Security Strategy than he third of our key focus areas, enhanced regional engagement.
“This acknowledges the shift in the global strategic and economic centre-of-gravity to our region and the need for security as the indispensible foundation of prosperity.”
The Prime Minister said that Australia had a key role to play in ensuring peaceful strategic change coming from the rise of China.
“The relationship between China and the United States more than any other will determine the temperature of regional affairs in coming decades,” she said.
“We remain optimistic about the ability of China and the United States to manage change in our region, but their relationship inevitably brings with it strategic competition as China’s global interests expand.
“None of these developments of themselves make major power conflict inevitable, but they do make the consequences of any conflict more far-reaching and dangerous.
“They raise the cost of any miscalculation that may occur in a range of regional flashpoints such as North Korea, the Taiwan Straits, the South China and East China Seas or India-Pakistan.”
While at the University, Ms Gillard also officially opened the new section of the Crawford School building, the J G Yeend wing. The building is named after Sir Geoffrey Yeend, a former Chancellor of ANU and Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Ms Gillard also used the speech to flag the upcoming announcement of a new Australian Cyber Security Centre.
The full speech, and the Prime Minister’s media release, are available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/