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Book Launch – Revealing Secrets: An Unofficial History of Australian Signals Intelligence and the Advent of Cyber

July 6, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

John Blaxland and Clare Birgin with introduction by Gareth Evans


For a long time, the Australian Signals intelligence (or Sigint) story has been kept secret. Until now…

Revealing Secrets: An Unofficial History of Australian Signals Intelligence and the Advent of Cyber (UNSW Press, May 2023) is a comprehensive account of Australian Signals intelligence, its efforts at revealing the secrets of other nations, and keeping ours safe.

John Blaxland and Clare Birgin explore the royal commissions and reviews that shaped Australia’s intelligence community in the 20th century, reveal what can be told without access to secret records, and consider the advent and the impact of cyber.

Why does Australia have a national signals intelligence agency? What does it do and why is it controversial? And how significant are its ties with key partners, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, to this arrangement?

AIIA Victoria welcomes Professor the Hon Gareth Evans to introduce authors Professor John Blaxland and Clare Birgin as they discuss the history of Australian Signals intelligence and the extraordinary challenges posed by the new cyber universe. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing.

AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the support of the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for their support of our young members.

To download the pdf flyer please click here.

To register for the presentation (Live or Webinar) click here.



July 6, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Dyason House
124 Jolimont Road
East Melbourne, 3002 Australia
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