The Protest Years: The Official History of Asio 1963-1975

Australia's interesting history of domestic intelligence.

It's not to say the future won't be worth recording, as we move into challenging times regarding national security.


The second book in the series ASIO: The protest Years, has been launched in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

A man truly admired in many First nations Communities.

The Official History of Asio 1963-1975 covers events ranging from the protest years of the Vietnam War and communist resistance in the birth of the Cold War, Russian spies, Croatian terrorism and ASIO raids.


ASIO'S major concern was that the protest movement including the First Nations and Black Panther movement would orchestrate a revolution as splinter groups took to the streets to bring the government to it's knees.


Author John Blaxland is a senior Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University believes that his research proves conspiracy theories were not evident from his research as questions were raised about the dismissal of former Prime Minister Whitlam.


Kirstyn Lindsay starts speaking with John Blaxland on First Nations resistance.