By Max Costello – 15 May 2018
AS RICHARD ACKLAND argues in ‘Peter Dutton’s power grabs may yet be his undoing‘ in Guardian (Australia)on 8 May 2018, the Department of Home Affairs is so huge and, therefore, challenging to manage, it could pose career-ending risks for its Minister, Peter Dutton.
Home Affairs encompasses two organisations from his former portfolio – Immigration and Border Protection and its enforcement arm, Australian Border Force – plus the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, AUSTRAC, the Office of Transport Safety, and several security agencies including ASIO.
Ackland cites the short careers of successive ministers of the UK’s analogous Home Office, who found out, the hard way, that it’s almost impossible to keep on top of your brief when your department has so many sprawling responsibilities.
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NB Max Costello is a Member of Airey’s Inlet RAR and is a retired WorkSafe Victoria prosecutions solicitor and lecturer in Employment Law at Melbourne’s RMIT University. He has co-written submissions to Senate committees concerning asylum seeker health and safety, and is the author of ‘Offshore Crimes‘, The Monthly, 22 September 2016. He has been very proactive in attempting to get the Minister Dutton and the Government to recognise that they are responsible for the Health and Safety of those detained offshore in Nauru and Manus Island.