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Department of Homeland Security Rudd's great white whale.



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Hon Christopher Pyne MP

Shadow Minister for Justice & Border Protection Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Immigration & Citizenship Federal Member for Sturt

429 Magill Road Parliament House

ST MORRIS SA 5068 CANBERRA ACT 2600

Media Release

Department of Homeland Security Rudd’s great white whale

The Opposition welcomed reports today that Labor’s much touted Department of Homeland Security was to be axed, Christophor Pyne, Shadow Minister for Justice and Border Protection said today. However the Opposition called for the Government to scrap proposed funding cuts to Australia’s national security forces.

“When the Labor Party announced a new Department of Homeland Security as part of their election policy, the Coalition pointed out at the time that it would be a complex and unworkable white whale. It was an attempt by the Labor Party to bolster its national security credentials in the upcoming election.

“Despite this, Labor maintained the façade that it had a plan for national security. Of course as soon as they formed government their grand plan has been cast aside as too complex and too difficult.

“Now, with Homeland Security out the window and Australia’s national security forces facing operational budget cuts, confirmed by Home Affairs Minister, Bob Debus, we’ve got to wonder how thin the thin blue line will become under the Rudd Government.

8 May 2008

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