Understanding the emergence of the Australian intelligence community


Dr John Blaxland


APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Thursday, 27 June, 2013 - 17:30 to 19:00


This presentation is held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO). Dr John Blaxland provides a century-spanning reflection on how the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) emerged and how it works. The talk covers the origins of intelligence and security in the early parts of the twentieth century and traces the rapid expansion of intelligence and security organisations during the Second World War -- all of which set the scene for the post war intelligence arrangements which will be covered in a second part on 24 July.  Those post-war arrangements saw a number of organisations working in separate locations, answerable to different authorities and working to different priorities. It wasn’t until the momentum for reform gathered pace in the mid 1970s that they underwent a metamorphosis into what emerged as the Australian Intelligence Community.

If you want to have a clear understanding of how the AIC functions and how it came to be that way, these two talks are for you. Join us at the Hedley Bull Centre Theatre 1 from 5.30-7pm on 27 June for the first part. Informal drinks will follow. For the second part (covering the growth of the AIC in the post-WWII years) come along to the Rydges Lakeside Hotel on Wednesday 24 July at 5pm. This second public lecture will be followed by a welcome reception at 6pm for the AIPIO Conference which runs from that evening until Friday 26 July. Both talks are free, although registration for the follow-on conference incurs a fee. If you would like to attend the conference after the two talks, register here at www.aipio.asn.au .

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