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Australia and France sign classified information sharing treaty.

111barracudaaustraliaDecember 8th.

Yesterday, the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, signed an agreement that will improve sharing of classified information between the two countries and strengthen existing protections. The agreement will directly support the delivery of the Future Submarine Program and will further enable greater cooperation on a range of national security matters. The agreement sets out mechanisms and safeguards to enable the sharing of classified information between Australia and France, including: • classification equivalencies and information handling requirements • mutual recognition of personnel and facility security clearances, and • allocating responsibility between the parties where contractors are engaged in projects that involve classified information. This intergovernmental agreement constitutes a significant milestone in the development of a strategic partnership between France and Australia.

 

Press contacts:

Cabinet du ministre de la Défense Service de presse et de communication Tel: 01 42 19 41 80 [email protected]

Attorney-General for Australia Senator the Hon George Brandis QC Attorney-General’s Department Media Team Tel: +61 2 6141 2500 [email protected]

Ambassade d’Australie en France Service de presse Tel. : 01 40 59 34 00 [email protected]

Attorney-General George Brandis is off to London and Paris this week for top level talks on counter-terrorism and security.

In London Senator Brandis will meet UK Attorney-General Jeremy Wright and Home Secretary Amber Rudd and receive briefings on the terror threat from British security agencies.

He will also address the Royal United Services Institute on the jihadi threat in Southeast Asia and the steps needed on security.

In Paris, he will meet French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Secretary-General of Defence and National Security Louis Gautier to finalise a treaty further strengthening security arrangements protecting classified information.

Senator Brandis will also meet French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol for discussions on how France is handling returning families of foreign fighters.

He said recent terrorist attacks and failed plots around the world reinforce why Australia must work closely with international partners.

“Australia, the United Kingdom and France, like many other countries, face a range of complex and evolving threats as we strive to balance national security with civil liberties,” he said in a statement.