Australia is considering a British-style Home Office (or an American-style Department of Homeland Security) once again, according to reports this year.
If you think you’ve heard this all before, you're right. Ever since the United States integrated 22 departments into the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Australian politicians from both parties have considered creating our very own security mega-department. Herewith, a list of all the times the idea has reared its head (only for nothing to come of it).
Then ALP leader Mark Latham announces Labor’s plan to create an integrated security agency similar to America’s Department of Homeland Security if the party wins the next election. Latham appoints Robert McClelland as shadow minister for homeland security. Then-justice minister Chris Ellison, Liberal senator from Western Australia, says Latham’s ideas are "[a] cynical window-dressing exercise which is going to bog down Australia's anti-terror efforts in bureaucratic quicksand”.