National security top priority, but Defence worried about min swap

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.

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