Australia not doing enough to ‘defend our democracy’ against ‘external threats’

Australia not doing enough to ‘defend our democracy’ against ‘external threats’

Shadow Home Affairs Minister James Paterson says he does not believe Australia is doing enough to “defend our own democracy” against “external threats”.

The Coalition wants Australia’s peak intelligence assessment body to release annual threat assessments on foreign interference from China.

It argues the Office of National Intelligence needs to take action against Beijing’s propaganda operations.

“I don’t think we’re doing enough to defend our own democracy against external threats, including by addressing vulnerabilities like TikTok, and I don’t think we’re doing enough to help other democracies in our region defend themselves,” Mr Paterson told Sky News Australia.

“That’s why I’m proposing that the Office of National Intelligence publishes an annual unclassified assessment of the geopolitical trends and concerning developments in our region, involving foreign interference and espionage, cyber-attacks and other things, to call that out.”

  • https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/australia-not-doing-enough-to-defend-our-democracy-against-external-threats/ar-BB1nYP15

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