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Asio's annual report tabled.



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22 October 2008

ASIO’S ANNUAL REPORT TABLED The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s (ASIO) Report to Parliament 2007-08 has today been tabled in Parliament.

The report shows that Australia continues to face a very real threat from terrorism. It finds that globally al-Qa’ida continues to appeal to a relatively small but dangerous group, while at home, some Australians have shown they are willing to act on their extremist beliefs - whether that is by raising money, training overseas or planning for attacks.

“ASIO and its partners have worked hard to prevent these activities manifesting themselves into actual attacks in Australia or against Australian interests overseas,” Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.

The report also highlights ASIO’s role in countering espionage and foreign interference.

“Espionage has always been a security concern, but with advances in technology it is taking on a more dramatic dimension. It’s encouraging to see that ASIO is taking steps to counter this evolving threat,” Mr McClelland said.

In 2007/08, ASIO published 3,224 intelligence and threat assessments, up 17% from last year. ASIO also provided 72,688 visa security assessments, 82,290 counter-terrorism checks, and 21,386 personnel security assessments.

“The results of increased investment in ASIO are showing, with Australians and Australian interests better protected both here and overseas. Australians can be confident that ASIO is working hard to maintain its intelligence edge.”

ASIO’s unclassified Report to Parliament 2007-08 is available from www.asio.gov.au

Media Contact: Adam Sims 02 6277 7300 or 0419 480 224

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