Travel to UK for National Security Meeting

5 February 2015

I will visit the United Kingdom from 5–7 February to represent Australia at the Five Country national security ministers' meeting in London.

The meeting will be attended by Australia's closest allies—the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America.

I look forward to discussing emerging and long term issues of critical importance to Australia's national security interests, including the implications of recent terrorist events around the world, such as the Martin Place siege, fatal incidents in Canada and the attacks in Paris.

These terrorist incidents have highlighted that the threat from extremists is real and not confined to Syria and Iraq.

A priority of mine will be counter-radicalisation and the common challenge of protecting our communities, in particular our youth, from terrorist and extremist organisations and the propaganda they preach.

The meeting presents an important and timely opportunity for continued and enhanced collaboration and cooperation across the full range of national security matters.

I will also have separate bilateral meetings with my counterparts during the visit.

For background, the following have responsibility for national security for the participating countries:

  • UK—Secretary of State for the Home Department (Home Secretary) (Rt Hon Theresa May MP)
  • Australia—Attorney-General (Senator the Hon George Brandis QC)
  • Canada—Canadian Minister of Public Safety (The Hon Steven Blaney)
  • New Zealand—Attorney-General (The Hon Christopher Finlayson QC)
  • US—Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (The Hon Jeh Johnson).