Peter Dutton Just Scored A Huge Promotion With His Own Mega Department

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

Attorney-general George Brandis described Dutton's new role as the chief national security minister within cabinet.

"I have chose to establish a home affairs portfolio of Australia's immigration border protection and domestic security agencies", the Prime Minister said.

The new division will be similar to the United Kingdom's home office arrangement, a federation of sorts of border and security agencies, Mr Turnbull told reporters today.

"The home affairs portfolio is dedicated to keeping Australians safe, to doing everything that we can to defeat the scourge of terrorism", Dutton said.

"The agencies will retain their current statutory independence which is such a vital aspect of our Australian system".

"Importantly, ASIO, the AFP and Australian Border Force will all report directly to the home affairs minister".

The changes include moving agencies now charged with overseeing intelligence from the prime minister's department, to the attorney-general's department.

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