Inquiry into Australian intelligence agencies

Inquiry into Australian intelligence agencies

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Australia: Australian Government has launched an independent review of the intelligence community to assess whether it can properly support national interests. The review will assess the performance of Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) and five other agencies: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and the Office of National Assessments (ONA).

Julia Gillard, Prime Minister, Australia said intelligence played a key role in preserving Australia’s national security and supported a wide range of national interests. She said the review would ensure Australia continued to have a well co-ordinated, appropriately resourced and adaptable intelligence system.

“The aim of the review is to ensure Australian intelligence agencies are working effectively together and are well positioned for challenges in a constantly evolving security environment,” she said in a statement.

“The review will also consider working arrangements between intelligence agencies and their international partners. It will take into account the significant growth in the intelligence community’s resources and capabilities over the past decade.”

The review will be conducted by former Attorney-General Department secretary Robert Cornall and Associate Professor Rufus Black, who led a team that conducted a review of Defence Department structures and governance.

Ms Gillard said they would start early next year and produce a final report to the government around mid-year.

This inquiry is in line with a recommendation of the 2004 Flood inquiry, which said the intelligence agencies should undergo a further external review every five to seven years.

Source: Herald Sun