In among Turnbull’s new ministry yesterday, up-and-comer MP Dan Tehan has been given the job of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, as per the recommendations of the cyber white paper released earlier this year. Tehan — who is also the Minister for Veterans Aaffairs and Defence Personnel — being appointed as the first ever minister for cybers is an interesting reward, given his former role as the chair of the powerful Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security. Under Tehan’s chairmanship, the committee waved through mandatory data retention in the last Parliament, and Tehan often commented endorsing the government’s national security policy despite his role in ensuring the adequacy of the legislation brought before the committee.

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