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Committee to hear from higher education sector on security risks

Issue date: Thursday, 18 March 2021

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The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing this week for its Inquiry into national security risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector.

Public Hearing Details

Friday, 19 March 2021
8.00AM – 4.30PM (AEST)
Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

A program for the hearing can be found on the Committee's website.

Committee Chair Senator James Paterson stated “This second hearing will focus on the university and research sector. This inquiry will seek to identify best practice from leading  universities to encourage the rest of the sector to follow and also scrutinise ongoing poor practices at some institutions.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, teleconference and video conference facilities may be used to connect witnesses to Committee Members. The hearings will be broadcast live at

Further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

Media Inquiries:

Chair, Senator James Paterson via David Kitchen, 0413 840110 or

For Background Information: 

Committee Secretariat, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, (02) 6277 2360 or

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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