Date: Monday, 22 November 2021
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speaker: Prof. John Blaxland
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The Australian Defence Force has been in demand to support communities during the bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is only a boutique force and now finds itself stretched. Meanwhile other entities normally charged with responsibility for responding to domestic emergencies -- the state-based police, fire, health and emergency services -- are taxed and stretched with little spare capacity. The overlap of great power contestation with looming environmental catastrophe and a spectrum of governance challenges suggest current models are inadequate for what the future holds. The time has come for an incentivised voluntary scheme for young people to make a contribution – an Australian Universal Scheme for National and Community Service, or AUSNACS. AUSNACS could include two-year service in the armed, police or emergency services at state and federal level. Their service could contribute to national resilience and be recognised and rewarded with student or start-up loans.
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John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). He has extensive experience in academia and government service. He teaches undergraduates “Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World”; the New Colombo Plan mobility course, "Southeast Asia's Security Choices", and professional courses at the National Security College. At ANU, he researches and writes about intelligence, cyber security, Australian military history, strategy and operations, defence studies, and International relations particularly concerning Asia Pacific security affairs. He is also an occasional commentator in the media.
This event was made possible by a generous grant from Australian Skeptics Inc.