The "Independent Intelligence Review", conducted by former senior bureaucrats Michael L'Estrange and Stephen Merchant, and advised by former senior British spy Sir Iain Lobban, has received little coverage since its release yesterday, except to the extent that nowhere does it recommend the establishment of a home affairs portfolio, despite -- directly contrary to the Prime Minister's claim yesterday -- the issue of structures being explicitly in the terms of reference for the review.

But what should have been an important root-and-branch review of Australia's intelligence community is a major, perhaps spectacular, missed opportunity, and skips critical thinking for bureaucratic insularity, empire-building and a bizarre indifference to the key issues of intelligence and national security.