Senator James Paterson on national security, China and Australia's social cohesion

  • How can Australia’s social cohesion be maintained, against a global backdrop of conflict, foreign interference and economic coercion?
  • Is the nation's security architecture fit for purpose? 
  • And how can the political class develop public awareness of national security challenges, without being alarmist?  


In this episode of the National Security Podcast, Senator James Paterson joins Rory Medcalf to discuss some key security issues and policy issues that Australia is facing, both, domestically and at an international stage. 


Senator James Paterson is a Liberal Senator for Victoria and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security. He is also the Australian co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. 

Professor Rory Medcalf AM is Head of ANU National Security College. His professional experience spans more than three decades across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks, journalism and academia. 


Show notes:  

  • ANU National Security College academic programs: find out more 
  • National Defence – Defence Strategic Review 2023: find out more 


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