Mar 7, 2017

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DHS story like Homeland season three. As the warmth of summer gives way to shorter days in the nation's capital, it's heartening to see one of the hardy perennials of Canberran bureaucracy, a "Department of Homeland Security-style mega-department" once again in flower. An Aussie DHS last bloomed in 2014 when it was proposed as a vehicle for the monumental ego of then-immigration minister Scott Morrison, only for his colleagues to put him back in his box. Since then, Morrison has underwhelmed as Treasurer and disappeared from leadership calculations. Labor toyed with the idea for years -- as far back as Mark Latham's time. Back then, the Coalition thought a Department of Homeland Security would be "a cynical window-dressing exercise which is going to bog down Australia's anti-terror efforts in bureaucratic quicksand".  Not that Morrison -- or, now, Peter Dutton -- is the only ego involved.

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