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Friday, 07 November 2008
Professor Kerry Cox with Mr Paul O' Sullivan
Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence Office (ASIO), Mr Paul O'Sullivan visited ECU's Joondalup Campus yesterday to give a presentation about The Australian Security Environment and the Importance of Security Research.
Mr O'Sullivan said credible research and education in security-related disciplines is crucial to understanding and responding to the security challenges we face now, and in the days ahead.
"It is a real credit to ECU that the university foresaw the importance of this work, and introduced this area of study," he said.
He went on to explain ASIO's role in the context of the Australian democratic environment, and outlined the delicate nature of balancing civil liberties with national security.
"Despite the challenges, there is a positive and enabling relationship between properly performing security services and the core norms and values of liberal democracy."
Such a relationship doesnt happen by chance, he said.
Mr O'Sullivan's visit follows the opening of ECU's SECAU Security Research Centre which has links with state and federal law enforcement, as well as government security agencies.