Joseph Aoun Army Commander General meets the Australian Defense Minister
 
Sheikh Mohammed announces sweeping changes to UAE's visa system
 
OPEN LETTER To the NSW Premier and Relevant Members of Parliament
 
Kuwaiti FM attends OIC meeting in Istanbul
 
Lebanese Army Chief Arrives in Australia on an Official Visit
 
Arab League Chief Calls For International Probe Into Israel 'Crimes'
 
Aoun Meets Newly Elected MP Farid Boustany
 
Half a Million Jobs Created in NSW Since 2011
 
Sheikh Abdullah discusses UAE-US economic ties and Iran in Washington
 
While My Cousin Was Being Shot in Gaza, Israelis & Americans Celebrated in Jerusalem
 
Fierravanti–Wells to Japan to attend the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting
 
AFIC condemns in the strongest terms the actions of Israel in its continued killing of Palestinians.
 
Government needs to be 'very conscious' of foreign interference in Australian universities, ASIO says




Photo: ASIO boss Duncan Lewis is wary of foreign influence in Australian universities. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

Government needs to be 'very conscious' of foreign interference in Australian universities, ASIO says

By political reporter Stephen Dziedzic

25 Oct 2017,  

(Translation appears in Arabic section)

The head of Australia's domestic intelligence agency has warned that the Federal Government needs to be "very conscious" of foreign interference in universities.

ASIO boss Duncan Lewis was not willing to say which foreign governments were active on Australian campuses, or give any examples of deliberate intrusions.

But he made it clear that Australian spies were keeping a close eye on the issue.

"We need to be very conscious of the possibilities of foreign interference in our universities," Mr Lewis told a Senate estimates committee in Canberra.

"That can go to a range of issues. It can go to the behaviour of foreign students, it can go to the behaviour of foreign consular staff in relation to university lecturers, it can go to atmospherics in universities."

Mr Lewis said providing any more information publicly would compromise his agency's work.

Australian Government officials have been more open in private.

They say the Chinese Government exerts a heavy influence on Chinese student groups at Australian universities and they have accused Beijing of using those groups to spy on Chinese students in Australia, and to challenge academics whose views clash with the worldview of the Chinese Communist Party.

Security officials say Australia is now working with its Five Eyes partners — the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand — to hammer out a strategy to push back against intrusions into Western universities.


 














Copyright 2007 mideast-times.com