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.
The Protest Years is the second of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.
About the Author
John Blaxland is a Senior Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and a former Director of Joint Intelligence Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. He is also co-author of the third volume in the Official History of ASIO series, The Secret Cold War.
Series: Official History of ASIO
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 28th September 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3