28 August 2017

Topic: Terrorism, Law Enforcement and the Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism

Please join Executive Dean, Professor John Humphrey and members of the Faculty of Law for a public lecture presented by the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Minister for National Security and Deputy Manager of Opposition Business (House). 


Counter-terrorism policy and practice has evolved rapidly since a spate of terrorism attacks over a decade ago changed our thinking about the nature and extent of the threat that terrorism poses. While traditional intelligence gathering and law enforcement are essential tools in the battle against terrorism, it is a mistake to view the threat of terrorism solely through the prism of criminal law enforcement, and to respond solely through traditional law enforcement frameworks.

It has often been said that we cannot arrest our way to security, and that is why we also need to be working on broader, preventative polices designed to counter violence extremism (CVE) at a community-wide level. The role of governments in CVE policies is a delicate one, but it is essential that all democratic nations, including Australia, work to develop a multifaceted approach to the threat of terrorism.


In February 2013 Mark was sworn in as Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management and in March 2013 took on the additional responsibilities of Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State. In July 2016 Mark was re-appointed as the Shadow Attorney-General and appointed as the Shadow Minister for National Security. 

Mark is proud of his achievements in government and opposition which include seeing off the Abbott government’s proposed changes to 18C, strengthening whistleblower protections, and amending the Sex Discrimination Act to ensure intersex people are officially recognised.

Register your attendance by Monday 14 August 2017.

28 August 2017
5.45pm to 7.30pm
Level 10, Y Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
Room Three Sixty
QUT Faculty of Law
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