On 18 July 2017 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fronted the media with SAS soldiers to announce that Australia will have a new Home Affairs department that will combine the domestic spy agency, the federal police and customs and immigration departments into one office headed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
The new 'super ministry' will give Minister Dutton oversight powers over ASIO, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and AUSTRAC.
Former President of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, has expressed concerns that the new super ministry of home affairs was part of a hastening trend towards centralised and unchallengeable government power and a very serious incursion into the separation of powers, the power of the judiciary to make independent judgments.
I agree. We need to have a closer look at why the government decided effectively to consolidate these already dangerously powerful entities, and why it has chosen to go about it in the way it has. Of course the government isn't going to come out and frankly and fully explain its position, so we need to turn up and analyse as much objective material and inside information as we can to work that out for ourselves.
As such I’ve issued the following FOI requests:
· Department of Defence
Documents between any one or more of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Defence and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Defence that came into existence between 1 June 2017 and 1 August 2017 relating to the proposed plans for the Australian Defence Force to act against domestic terrorist threats when called in to do so by State and/or territory governments.
This request has identified approximately 400 pages and is due on 25 October 2017.
· Prime Minister & Cabinet
Documents, emails, discussion papers, submissions, correspondence and cables that came into existence between 1 June 2017 and 18 July 2017 relating to the proposed plans for the Australian Defence Force to act against domestic terror threats when called in to do so by State and/or territory governments.
This request is due on 18 October 2017.
Please help me to try and shed some light on the back story that lurks beneath the announcement of such a powerful new department.
$1,500.00 for FOI fees and legal costs.
Financing and redactions.