Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the creation of a "Home Affairs" portfolio in a major shake-up of Australia's national security architecture.
Canberra lifted the terror threat alert level in September 2014 and introduced new national security laws amid concerns of attacks by individuals inspired by organisations such as Islamic State. The home affairs minister will also issue these warrants.
The policy reasons for the reorganisation of portfolios seem less than clear; Turnbull government advisers emphasise greater co-ordination and clearer reporting lines when, for example, the AFP, ASIO and Border Force all report to the same minister.
The government has said the new Home Affairs portfolio will be ready to serve by June next year.
The attorney-general's portfolio will also include the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.
"These arrangements will preserve the operational focus and strengths of frontline agencies engaged in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and other domestic threats".
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A 2015 review of Australia's counter-terrorism machinery found a super agency "would likely be less, not more, responsive as large agencies tend to be less agile, less adaptable and more inward looking than smaller departments".
Senator Brandis is still the Attorney-General but that department has been stripped of responsibility for ASIO.
"I think we have a system that works extremely well and playing politics with Australians' lives and safety potentially is an extremely bad move in my view". A taskforce will work on the complicated reorganisation; in the meantime the agencies will continue to report to their current ministers. Justice Minister Michael Keenan would be on the security side but Turnbull did not say who would be the junior on immigration.
Mr Turnbull was joined by Mr Peter Dutton - the big victor from the shake up - and Attorney-General George Brandis and Justice Minister Michael Keenan.
He said he was "very concerned that these proposals aren't being pushed by our security agencies, they're being pushed by Peter Dutton as the price of him continuing to support Malcolm Turnbull in his job".