New National Security Plans in Doubt

New National Security Plans in Doubt

By Nicholas Everard


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come under fire after announcing plans to form a ‘super portfolio’ to tackle Australia’s security intelligence and national defense structure.

Under the reform, Mr. Turnbull appointed Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton as the newly created Home Affairs Minister.

In the role, Mr. Dutton will lead Attorney-General George Brandis and Justice Minister turned Advisor Michael Keenan in what the Prime Minister dubbed a “federation of border securities and agencies.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants the Federal Government to justify the reasoning behind the formation of the super-ministry, with the Labor Party

Mr. Shorten and the Labor Party are demanding the Prime Minister explain what problem is likely fixed, thanks to the new super-group.

“I’d like to be convinced this is about national security,” he said. “…not Malcolm Turnbull’s job security.”

Labor MP Brendan O’Connor also expressed his confusion and questioned the Prime Minister’s choice in Peter Dutton.

What do the experts say?

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his national security plans, he likened the portfolio to that of United Kingdom’s Home Office, a Governing body that oversees the security and immigration of the Nation.

However, UK Officials have warned that the program has its flaws.

According to a former member of the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit Julian McCrae, the Federal Government needs to be aware of the bigger picture.

“Certainly the UK’s history on merging organisations makes you sceptical about the claimed benefits — I would look at that more than the Home Office model itself,” he said.

“The question is ‘what’s your rationale?’ Is there enough long-term logic of bringing these things together to get over the short-term dip in performance, which is pretty much inevitable?”

Despite the backlash, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stood by his national protection and intelligence plans.

Speaking on the Today show, Mr. Turnbull said that national security is his party’s top priority.

“I know people put a political gloss on these things,” he said.

“The only issue here is the safety of all Australians.”


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