Australian government to establish a “security” super-ministry
20 July 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday what he called “the most significant reform of Australia’s national intelligence and domestic security arrangements in more than 40 years.”
His announcement, while obviously seeking to shore up his own position in the increasingly fractured Liberal-National Coalition, represents another major step toward creating a police-state apparatus.
Turnbull said a new Home Affairs Ministry will take control over the key federal police and intelligence forces, as well as the immigration and “border protection” departments and agencies, bringing them under one minister for the first time in Australia’s history.
A new US-style Office of National Intelligence, headed by a Director-General of National Intelligence, also will be created in the prime minister’s office, expanding the Office of National Assessments.
The announcement was the second “security” proclamation by Turnbull in as many days. On Monday, flanked by masked Special Forces commandos, he unveiled expedited powers for the federal government to call-out the military to deal with “domestic violence.”
Turnbull’s government and the corporate media have gone into overdrive to present these moves as responses to a supposed increased danger of terrorist attacks. The prime minister and his home affairs minister-designate, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, yesterday blitzed the television and radio talk shows.
But like every other measure imposed since 2001 under the fraudulent banner of the “war on terror,” these steps contain far broader powers to monitor and suppress social unrest and political dissent.
The Home Affairs Ministry will…