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Australia’s Security Nightmares


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Winners of the 2012 National Security Short Story Competition

Editor: Dr Athol Yates
Competition Sponsor Foreword: Julian Talbot, CEO Jakeman Business Solutions
Commentary: A. Prof. Helen Ashman, University of South Australia.

To aid the national security community in imagining contemporary threats, the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC) organised the Australia’s Security Nightmares: The National Security Short Story Competition.

The competition aimed to produce a set of short stories that contribute to a better conception of possible future threats and help defence, intelligence services, emergency managers, health agencies and other public, private and non-government organisations to be better prepared. The ASRC competition also aimed at raising community awareness of national security challenges, and lead to better individual and community resilience.

New, unpublished writers were encouraged to enter the competition. Over 120 entries were received. This book contains the best stories as selected by over 50 security and disaster management professionals.

The winners have scenarios based around:

  • Loss of fuel to Australia because of our reliance on imports
  • Deliberate spreading of foot and mouth disease
  • Terrorism bombing at the Madi Gras and Opera House
  • Deliberately jamming all transport routes in Sydney
  • Loss of power to Melbourne
  • Spreading of infectious disease
  • Soft invasion of Australia by the Chinese
  • Australia’s Defence Forces takeover Australia
  • Indonesian fishers take over north west offshore rig

100 pages.