The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO, 1963-1975

Author(s): John Blaxland

Australian Non fiction

In 1963, Robert Menzies had been in office for 13 years, Australians had entered the war against communism in Vietnam, and change was in the air. With its focus on exposing Soviet spies and communist collaborators, ASIO struggled to adjust to a society no longer willing to unquestioningly accept authority. This was the period of protests against the Vietnam War, and the rise of the women's liberation movement, Aboriginal land rights, and student activism. ASIO was concerned that the new freedoms being so stridently demanded would open the floodgates to revolution, and was slow to recognize the decline of the Communist Party of Australia and the rise of the more radical New Left. With unrestricted access to ASIO's internal files, and extensive interviews with former government officials, The Protest Years tells the inside story of Australia's domestic intelligence organization during the turbulent period from the end of the Menzies era to the end of the Whitlam government. For the first time, the truth about ASIO and CIA involvement in the demise of the Whitlam government is revealed, also the impact of the raid on ASIO headquarters in Melbourne by Attorney-General Lionel Murphy, and Australia's intelligence activities in Papua New Guinea. The Protest Years is the second of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.


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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.

List of Figures and Tables..Preface..Acronyms and Abbreviations..Glossary..Chronology..Introduction..PART 1: ASIO DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, 1963-1972..1. The Challenge of Adolescence: ASIO's Growing Pains, 1963-1972..2. Shaping and Influencing: ASIO, Politics and the Media, 1963-1972..3. Listening and Watching: Human Intelligence Techniques and Procedures, 1963-1972..4. Tracking 'Revolutionaries': Counter-subversion Operations, 1963-1972..5. The Rise of Terrorism: Croatian Emigres and Counter-subversion, 1963-1972..6. Grappling with Dissent: Anti-Vietnam War Protests, 1963-1972..7. Refining the Methods: Counterespionage Techniques and Threats, 1963-1972..8. Looking for Leads: Counterespionage Operations against the Soviets, 1963-1972..9. Monitoring the Rest: Counterespionage and non-Soviet Targets, 1963-1972..10. Vetting and Advising: Protective Security, 1963-1972..PART 2: INTERNATIONAL AND OVERSEAS ENGAGEMENT, 1963-1975..11. Operations Far and Wide: ASIO's Foreign and Overseas Connections, 1963-1972..12. Australia's Cold War Frontline: ASIO in Papua New Guinea, 1962-1975 by Rhys Crawley..PART 3: ASIO AND THE WHITLAM YEARS, 1972-1975..13. Whitlam, Murphy and the 'Raid': Turbulent Times, 1972-1973..14. Beyond the Murphy Raid: ASIO in Turmoil, 1972-1975..15. Responding to New Priorities: Countersubversion and Counterterrorism, 1973-1975..16. Multiplying Targets: Counterespionage, 1973-1975..17. Changing the Rules: Protective Security, 1973-1974..18. ASIO on the Brink: The Last Days of the Whitlam Government, 1974-1975..Conclusion: Reflections on ASIO in Transition..Bibliography..Notes..Index

General Fields

  • : 9781760294182
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : October 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : September 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Blaxland
  • : Paperback
  • : 1610
  • : English
  • : 327.12099409045
  • : 592