The ‘Security of Security’: making up the Australian intelligence community 1975–2015

Palmer, Darren and Warren, Ian 2016, The ‘Security of Security’: making up the Australian intelligence community 1975–2015. In Lippert, Randy, Walby, Kevin, Warren, Ian and Palmer, Darren (ed), National security, surveillance and terror : Canada and Australia in comparative perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Eng., pp.177-198, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-43243-4_8.

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Title The ‘Security of Security’: making up the Australian intelligence community 1975–2015
Author(s) Palmer, DarrenORCID iD for Palmer, Darren orcid.org/0000-0001-6675-1155
Warren, IanORCID iD for Warren, Ian orcid.org/0000-0001-8355-118X
Title of book National security, surveillance and terror : Canada and Australia in comparative perspective
Editor(s) Lippert, Randy
Walby, Kevin
Warren, IanORCID iD for Warren, Ian orcid.org/0000-0001-8355-118X
Palmer, DarrenORCID iD for Palmer, Darren orcid.org/0000-0001-6675-1155
Publication date 2016
Series Crime prevention and security management
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 11
Start page 177
End page 198
Total pages 2
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication Basingstoke, Eng.
Keyword(s) national security
Australia
accountability
royal commissions
surveillance
intelligence
Summary This chapter frames the development of Australian national security policies since the mid-1970s as part of a strategy of security governance. After outlining elements of Foucault’s governmentality thesis, the chapter navigates the governmental rationalities that have informed developments in the national security landscape. We observe a self-legitimating cycle of security expansion. This frequently validates enhanced coordination among disparate security agencies, which in turn requires enhanced mass population surveillance and the increased circulation of information about citizen activity with fewer legal constraints. We conclude by discussing how these rationalities of national security governance contribute to profound expansion of Australia’s national security structure that only marginally address key problems associated with the improving inter-agency coordination or limiting the erosion of citizen rights.
ISBN 9783319432427
9783319432434
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43243-4_8
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
160204 Criminological Theories
Socio Economic Objective 940404 Law Enforcement
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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