We’ve long known the Attorney-General’s Department and its portfolio agencies in Canberra are not merely among the most evil, but also the least competent, in the country. Now add to that laziness.

This is the portfolio that has, over the last 15 years, systematically destroyed some of the most basic freedoms and legal protections that Australians enjoy, and continues to push to undermine legal protections and give ever-greater powers and funding to security agencies.