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Strengthening national security cooperation



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

MEDIA RELEASE

STRENGTHENING NATIONAL SECURITY COOPERATION

I will travel to London and Paris for important discussions on national security and counter-terrorism from 6-10 December.

Recent terrorist attacks and failed plots around the world reinforce why we must work closely with our international partners in law, justice and security.

Australia, the United Kingdom and France, like many other countries, face a range of complex and evolving threats as we strive to balance national security with civil liberties.

In London I will meet my counterparts, the Attorney-General, Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, and Home Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP. These discussions will provide an opportunity to explore how we can collaborate more closely in the global fight against violent extremism. I will also receive briefings from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), MI5 and MI6.

I will deliver a speech to the Royal United Services Institute - a widely respected independent defence and security think tank - on the Jihadi threat in Southeast Asia and the steps needed to keep the country safe. I will share perspectives on the threat environment in our region, returning foreign fighters and our efforts to challenge violent extremist propaganda.

Australians stood with France after the attacks in January and November 2015 and again this year after the tragic events in Nice. While in Paris, I will meet with a range of experts including those working on counter-radicalisation and counter-terrorism. We will share our experiences and approaches in combatting terrorism as we continue to do everything possible to keep our countries safe.

I will meet the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Secretary-General of Defence and National Security, Mr Louis Gautier, and expect to finalise a treaty between our two nations to further strengthen the security arrangements protecting classified information.

I will also meet with the French Minister for Families, Children and Women’s Rights, Ms Laurence Rossignol, for a detailed discussion on how France is assessing and handling returning families of foreign fighters, and contemporary approaches to family law reform.

6 December 2016

Contact: Office of Attorney-General: T: +61 2 6277 7300 E: agmedia@ag.gov.au