In conversation with Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey will be in conversation with Clinton Fernandes on Brian's new book Secret. The Making of Australia's Security State, in which Brian Toohey argues that elected governments pose the greatest threat to Australians' security, with political leaders increasingly promoting secrecy, ignorance and fear to introduce new laws that undermine individual liberties.

Secret:The Making of Australia's Security State, containing fresh archival material and revealing details of conversations between former CIA, US State Department and Australian officials, will make readers reconsider the world they live in.

"Brian Toohey's book should serve as a wake-up call for anybody who cares about the fundamental principles of human rights, transparency and accountability in Australia" - Peter Greste

"Brian Toohey brings half a century of reporting on national security issues to the task of framing our modern discussion-powerfully documenting the layers upon layers of apparently small, incremental policy changes that have led us to where we are today: an often fearful nation that has given away many of its citizens' rights." - Laura Tingle

Brian Toohey, has been a columnist with the Australian Financial Review and has also written for The Nikkei Asia Review, The West Australian, The Sunday Age and other publications. He was editor of The National Timesand is the author, or co-author, of four books, including Oyster: The Story of the Australian Secret Intelligence and The Winchester Scandal.

Professor Clinton Fernandes holds dual appointments at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra. He is a former Australian Army officer who served in the Australian Intelligence Corps. He is the author of What Uncle Sam Wants: U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in Australia and Beyond.

The vote of thanks will be given by Jack Waterford AM, the former Editor and Editor-at-large of the Canberra Times, where he still contributes a regular weekend column.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.