What will the new counter-terrorism coordinator do?

Career diplomat Greg Moriarty will lead a coordinated counter-terrorism response. But will the new counter-terrorism coordinator role shift power towards the Prime Minister and his department?

The Abbott government’s changes to the counter-terrorism regime will see the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet assume a greater role in what has traditionally been the preserve of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis announced the changes in a press conference on Monday in which each assiduously avoided criticising any aspect of the current counter-terrorism regime.

Under the arrangements, Justice Minister Michael Keenan will take on the newly-created role of Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism.

Keenan will be responsible for overall counter-terrorism coordination, including the government’s Countering Violent Extremism programmes, and will answer to the Prime Minister.

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