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Thursday 8 February 2018
Home Sweet Home: A Critical Historical and Contemporary Perspective on the Emergence of the Department of Home Affairs
Professor John Blaxland
On 8 February, Professor John Blaxland, Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, presented to more than 100 USI of the ACT members and guests on the new Department of Home Affairs. In an entertaining but thought provoking address, Blaxland set out a range of concerns about the new arrangements. He described the evolution of the Australian Intelligence Community since Federation, arguing that changes had resulted incrementally - and sensibly - over time in response to periodic reviews and Royal Commissions. He contrasted this with the decision to form the Department of Home Affairs, the imperative for which remains unsatisfactorily explained. You can find the slides for the presentation here and listen to the audio here.