Australia 's National Security Policy

1900 Words Jan 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Australia’s national security landscape has changed significantly throughout its history, especially through the Howard, Rudd and Gillard years when fuelled by globalisation, terrorism and widespread economic turmoil. However, despite the varying nature of the threat landscape over the past century Australia has not until recently documented a combined, singular, national approach to national security policy. Both the 2008 National Security Statement and the 2013 Australian National Security Strategy have sought to fill a critical gap in Australia’s policy theatre however the efficacy of these documents to achieve these goals is heavily debated. This paper critically analyses the 2013 National Security Strategy, through empirical analysis of the strategy itself and its role within the policy-making environment, alongside Australia’s national security needs and the progress of other allied nations in the same space.

The Howard Era
The Howard government espoused the view that national security was the “first responsibility of Government” ; however prior to Kevin Rudd’s 2008 National Security Statement , the government had been relatively silent on national security policy or strategic direction, with only the 2000 Defence White Paper briefly examining the issue. Australia, like any nation, has a strong interest in maintaining the sovereignty of its borders, the safety of its citizens and the advancement, however as a result of not facing any serious…
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