Campaign silence on security threats

No matter who wins tomorrow’s election, Australia needs a revised national security strategy aimed at preventing conflict rather than avoiding it. And it must be imaginative because the unconventional threats we face target our entire system. As former CIA director James Woolsey points out: “The world is now full of snakes.”

Despite the clear dangers, Australia’s security — other than the need to protect our borders — barely appeared on the radar as the major parties fought for the right to steer our nation through what will likely be choppy waters,

Our greatest threats continue to come from sporadic waves of decentralised, hyper-connected Islamist extremists, transnational organised crime and authoritarian states such as China and Russia. Then there is Iran, one of the biggest state sponsors of terrorism, and now threatening to restart its nuclear program while its proxies attack oil supply lines. The 2016 defence white paper is

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