In a talk entitled AUKUS – AN Expensive Folly? at Manning Clark House (11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest) on Sunday, 29 October at 3-5pm, the head of the International and Security Affairs program at the Australia Institute, Allan Behm, will discuss AUKUS. The discussion will centre on whether nuclear submarines and increased defence spending will deliver increased national security as well as considerations of Australia’s cultural and historical experiences that have shaped Australia’s security thinking. In a career spanning many years, Allan has worked in the Australian Public Service, as a member of the Australian diplomatic service, and in the Prime Minister’s Department, the Department of Defence and the Attorney General’s Department, specialising in international relations, defence strategy, counter-terrorism and law enforcement policy. He has served as Chief of Staff to a former Minister for Climate Change and Industry Greg Combet and as senior adviser to then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong. He is a sought-after public speaker, media commentator and author of several books, and lectured on strategy and policy at universities and the Australian Defence College. For information about bookings, see: