Aus­tralia min­istry to tar­get ter­ror­ism

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

CAN­BERRA — Aus­tralia will cre­ate a Home Af­fairs Min­istry to boost anti-ter­ror­ism links be­tween gov­ern­ment agen­cies, in the na­tion’s big­gest se­cu­rity shakeup in more than 40 years, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said.

To be led by cur­rent Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion and Border Pro­tec­tion Peter Dut­ton, the port­fo­lio will be based on the U.K.’s Home Of­fice and have over­sight of fed­eral po­lice, in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and border forces, Turn­bull told re­porters Tues­day in Can­berra.

“This is driven by op­er­a­tional logic,” Turn­bull said. “You have a do­mes­tic se­cu­rity chal­lenge which gets greater all the time.” The gov­ern­ment will also cre­ate the Of­fice of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence to co­or­di­nate ef­forts and boost cy­ber­se­cu­rity, he said.

Turn­bull said the U.K.’s Home Of­fice, rather than the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, pro­vided the tem­plate for the new min­istry, which would be small enough to be nim­ble and would be con­sis­tent with ar­range­ments made by other “Five Eyes” in­tel­li­gence part­ners in­clud­ing New Zealand and Canada.

The new min­istry, which will strip man­age­ment of the Aus­tralian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Or­ga­ni­za­tion from the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s port­fo­lio and fed­eral po­lice from the jus­tice min­istry, will need leg­isla­tive changes to be im­ple­mented, he said.

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