Dutton the big victor, as he's handed new 'super-ministry'

Dutton the big victor, as he's handed new 'super-ministry'

Dutton the big victor, as he's handed new 'super-ministry'

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

The portfolio will oversee major agencies including the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Border Force.

The change is part of the most significant reform to national intelligence and domestic security arrangements in more than 40 years, he says.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday Australia's domestic security bodies, including the police and the national spy agency, will be centralised under a single minister as Canberra tackles the rising threat of " lone wolf" attacks. Mr Turnbull said all of Australia's closest allies have similar offices.

"We are taking the best elements of our intelligence and national security community and making them better".

The national security overhaul came as Australia, a staunch ally of the United States, reshapes its counter-terrorism response after a series of lone-wolf attacks and heightened fear of attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.

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The new Office of National Intelligence will co-ordinate intelligence policy and is in line with agencies in Australia's "Five Eyes" intelligence partners in the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

"Australia faces an increasingly complex security environment, evolving threats from terrorism and organised crime, and the development of new and emerging technologies, including encryption", Turnbull said in a statement announcing the reforms.

But several attacks have taken place, including a cafe siege in 2014 where two hostages were killed and the murder of a Sydney police employee in 2015 by a 15-year-old boy.

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