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Security oversight committee should include Senators, MPs

By Conservative Senator Daniel Lang      

Government must allow security agencies to work without catering to politics and political correctness.

Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell and Conservative Senator Daniel Lang, the vice-chair and chair of the Senate National Security and Defence Committee last year, are seen speaking in March 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

During the past three years that I have chaired the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, we have studied and reported on the threats to national security.
Our committee has noted that there remain areas for improvement in our national security strategy, particularly in the realms of: information sharing, review and accountability, and public communication and education. The government must address these to maintain the public confidence and the social licence our security organizations and government depend on to act.

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