The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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Media Release

FA93 / 25 June 2002

Australia-US Sign Pact on Classified Information

Today I signed a legally binding agreement governing the exchange of classified information with the United States of America.

The General Security of Information Agreement was signed with the US Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr J Thomas Schieffer. It replaces a 1962 pact between Australia and the United States and takes into account advances in information technology.

The Agreement is an important contribution to our ability to work productively with the United States Government, to share views and information and to take actions to meet common challenges. It is yet another example of our close and cooperative relationship.

The new framework covers the appropriate protection and handling of classified information and includes a requirement that personnel accessing such information be security-cleared to an appropriate level.

As the closest of allies, it is appropriate that Australia and the United States continue to maintain arrangements that allow the unhindered exchange of classified information. These enable our military forces and intelligence agencies to operate together seamlessly as they are now doing in the war against terrorism.

Media enquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 / Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555


 

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