The announcement by Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull this week for a new super-portfolio under the direction of present Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, to oversee and coordinate issues of national security, had been under consideration for at least several months. It will involve supervision of ASIO, AFP, and the Border Force.
See article January 10, 2017 written by Sharri Markson in The Daily Telegraph:
In the Immigration portfolio Peter Dutton has proved to be a serious, methodical and no-nonsense minister. With the experience of nine years as a policeman, a Bachelor of Business Degree, 16 years of parliamentary experience serving in several portfolios, and a leading Conservative, he is a logical choice to be promoted to the new ministry.
I would have thought that this initiative would have been welcomed by the Right of the party, when the threat of terrorism is growing world-wide, but perhaps predictably it has been bucketed by the one-eyed, ultra-conservative, Turnbull-phobic media, as a political move to weaken their ranks in parliament.