Dutton to head new 'super-ministry'

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton will be placed at the head of a new super ministry titled Home Affairs. 

ABC reports the move will see the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation taken away from Attorney-General George Brandis and the Federal Police stripped from the portfolio of Justice Minister Michael Keenan. 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the move as the most: ""significant reform of Australia's national intelligence and domestic security arrangements and their oversight in more than 40 years".

The changes are expected to take one year to implement and should be finalised by the end of June. 

Fairfax reports Mr Turnbull was "at pains" to praise both Brandis and Kennan whilst other commentators have queried whether the decision to effectively promote Mr Dutton by handing him new responsibilities was politically motivated. 

Last night on 2GB, 4BC News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt queried whether reshuffle was aimed at placating any desire Mr Dutton held to become Prime Minister - or legitimate security concerns. 

This was an assertion refuted by the Prime Minister this morning. who said the reforms were warranted: "not because the system is broken, but because our security environment is evolving quickly."

"It is becoming more complex...we need a better structure to meet the challenge of the times and that is why we are adopting a model which is closer to the British Home Office than the large-scale American Homeland Security Department".

News Corp Australia


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