Apart from sharks, funnel web spiders and crocodiles what else do we have to fear in Australia?

It’s obviously not global warming/climate change because that’s just a natural occurrence that needs to be calmly managed – although that message hasn’t yet seeped through to the Albanese government.

No, the real threat we face as a nation is staring us in the face – our almost total lack of defence and national security capabilities.

Former federal Attorney-General George Brandis has joined the growing number of experts and informed observers – including Michael Shoebridge, Peter Jennings, Justin Bassi and Greg Sheridan – who have all been warning the government that it needs to spend money NOW in order to prepare Australia for any future conflict.

“One of the things that has struck me very strongly is how few voices there are in the national security discussion in Australia”, Mr Brandis recently told an audience in Brisbane.

“The debate about Australia’s position in the world, our position in the region, foreign policy, and strategic policy generally, is a debate that tends to go over the heads of the general public.”

Mr. Brandis is now a professor at the Australian National University’s (ANU) National Security College in Canberra, and was a former Senator, Attorney-General, and High Commissioner to the UK.

“Even within government and politics, there are relatively few voices. I can tell you from my 18 years of experience as a Senator, most members of parliament never discuss or participate in debates about national security policy. It’s not a kitchen table issue,” he told the “Securing our Future” discussion hosted by the College.

He said in the country’s capital, the “national security community” was relatively small and featured few commentators and experts.

“Relative to other sophisticated democracies, it is proportionately very small,” he said.

The former Liberal Party Senator said he had been in London and received briefings from the chief of the UK’s Armed Forces Tony Radakin who warned the world was in a “pre-war era.”

“The threats to peace from authoritarian states – most obviously manifested by [Russian leader] Vladimir Putin in Ukraine – are of an order of magnitude that we have not seen in our lifetimes, and the world has not seen since the end of the Second World War. So all of the European democracies are re-arming,” Mr. Brandis said.

“But the conversation in Australia is way behind the conversation in the other democracies. The level of complacency and insouciance in Australia, which is always a problem by the way, is more striking and more dangerous today than it has been in any of our lifetimes.”

Mr. Brandis was concerned about the “No Limits” partnership between Moscow and Beijing signed in 2022, saying it meant conflict in far-off Eastern Europe had ramifications locally.

“For us to think that we live in a sequestered part of the world that is not affected by those conflicts is, frankly, foolishness,” Mr. Brandis warned.

“And yet I think that is still a mindset, certainly of the public, and a lot of policymakers as well. When the Euro-Atlantic democracies look to the Indo-Pacific – the democratic part – they think first and foremost of Australia.

“They expect us as a G20 democracy—and don’t forget a lot of the G20 nations are not democracies—to be pulling our weight in global politics.”

The visits to Adelaide, Canberra and Perth by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Premier Li Qiang, are primarily connected to China’s trade links with Australia’s wine and mining industries.

Yet Premier Li’s tour comes amid ongoing concerns of military expansionism in the SW Pacific region, as well as new revelations of Beijing-linked espionage locally.

Chinese defector code-named ‘Eric’ recently revealed about 1,200 CCP-linked operatives were in Australia, including 200 professional spies, and 1,000 informants from the local Asian community.

Many lower-level CCP supporters would have been seen waving Chinese flags at each of Li’s public appearances.

‘Eric’ said Western governments were yet to truly understand the CCP and its motives, leading many to be lulled into a false sense of security.

“The CCP is essentially a fascist organisation, similar to the German Nazi Party, and both are totalitarian,” he told The Epoch Times last week.

“No matter who you are, as soon as you are considered a threat to the CCP, you are their enemy. Official or commoner, rich or poor, right or wrong; this is not important to them.”

He urged his former CCP comrades to withdraw from the CCP saying it “cannot rule forever.”

‘Eric’ was speaking at a rally in Canberra aimed at drawing attention to the issue of forced organ harvesting conducted by CCP-linked entities.

These two people, George Brandis and ‘Eric’, together with others who share their views should be listened to and urgent action should be taken by the Albanese government to address the critically important issue they have raised.

The likelihood of Albanese, Marles or Wong doing anything to fix this problem is remote to say the least. They are too scared of upsetting the CCP and failing to win trade concessions as a result.

We will have to wait a few more months until Peter Dutton takes charge and fixes this and several of the other Albanese government’s stuff-ups.

Thanks to Daniel Y Tang at The Epoch Times for his input to this article.