ASIO and the Communist Party: New Light on an Old Tradition

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Deery, Phillip (2007) ASIO and the Communist Party: New Light on an Old Tradition. In: Labour Traditions. Kimber, Julie, Love, Peter and Deery, Phillip, eds. Australian society for the study of labour history, Melbourne, pp. 67-74.


Archival records concerning ASIO undercover operations are rare. Consequently the literature on ASIO’s infiltration of the Left is almost non-existent. This paper uses, for the first time, recently released ASIO files on one of its own agents. It thereby attempts to contribute to our understanding of undercover operations by the security services within the Australian labour movement. It will concentrate only on this agent’s infiltration of his first ‘target’, the Communist Party of Australia. The paper will also provide an insight into the manner in which intelligence was collected and into the largely unknown operational culture of ASIO in the early 1970s.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9780980388312
Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 430000 History and Archaeology
Keywords ResPubID13661
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