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Author Blaxland, John Charles, 1963- author

Title The protest years : the official history of ASIO, 1963-1975 / John Blaxland
Edition [Second edition]
Published Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2016


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  327.1294 Bla/Pyt  AVAILABLE
Description xxv, 565 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary The continuing story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation during the turbulent years from the end of the Menzies era to the downfall of the Whitlam government. By 1963, Robert Menzies had been prime minister for thirteen years, Australia had its first troops in Vietnam, and change was in the air. There would soon be street protests over women's rights, Aboriginal land rights and the Vietnam War, and unprecedented student activism. With the Cold War lingering, ASIO was concerned that protests were being orchestrated to foment revolution...The Protest Years tells the inside story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation from the last of the Menzies years to the dismissal of the Whitlam government. With unrestricted access to ASIO's internal files, and extensive interviews with insiders, for the first time the circumstances surrounding the alleged role of ASIO in the demise of the Whitlam Government are revealed, and the question of the CIA's involvement in Australia is explored. The extraordinary background to the raid on ASIO headquarters in Melbourne by Attorney-General Lionel Murphy, and Australia's efforts at countering Soviet bloc espionage, as well as the sensitive intelligence activities in South Vietnam, are exposed...This is a ground-breaking political and social history of some of Australia's most turbulent years as seen through the secret prism of ASIO...The Protest Years is the second of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO...'...the politics of counter-espionage, counter-subversion and counter-terrorism always make for a fascinating read, and Volume II of the ASIO story is no exception.' - The Hon. Gareth Evans AC QC..'ASIO has played a much more important role in Australia's history than most people realise: this account offers a fascinating new perspective on Australia from Menzies' last years to the end of the Whitlam government.' - The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Australian Security Intelligence Organization -- History.
Espionage -- Australia.
Espionage, Soviet -- Australia.
Intelligence service -- Australia -- History.
Internal security -- Australia -- History.
National security -- Australia -- History.
Secret service -- Australia -- History.
Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Australia -- Politics and goverment -- 20th century
Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781760294182