Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made a captain’s call and taken the decision to shuffle the reporting lines of Commonwealth law-enforcement and intelligence agencies, and create a new Home Affairs ministry set to take effect from July 1, 2018. Under the new arrangements announced on Tuesday, the Home Affairs portfolio will be responsible for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), and the office of transport security.

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