Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home Portfolio Defence National security top priority, but Defence worried about min swap
Text size :
Malcolm Turnbull has reaffirmed in his first question time as Prime Minister that the government’s top priority remains the defence of its people.
National security agencies, which have been encouraged to come up with regular announceables under this government, may however have to break in a new minister.
George Brandis may not be moved from Attorney-General, and there is little that would be interrupted if he was. The Department of Defence, however, has experienced frequent setbacks as a result of the turnstile Defence ministry.
Among Defence officials who spoke with The Mandarin, there was “widespread horror” at a report in the The Advertiser that Christopher Pyne would be given the portfolio, and that the Future Submarines program would be built in South Australia — ignoring the competitive tender process designed to placate the state’s MPs.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Tags : Malcolm Turnbull, Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson, Kevin Andrews, redundancies