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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Page: 8961

National Security Committee


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (14:58): My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Minister, why did Mr Turnbull remove the immigration minister, Mr Dutton, as a standing member of the National Security Committee of cabinet?


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:58): The composition of the National Security Committee of cabinet is on an as required basis. Mr Dutton is present for all deliberations of the National Security Committee of cabinet dealing with the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio.


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (14:59): Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Will the Prime Minister continue to ignore the pleas of the Prime Minister he replaced and the defence minister he dumped, to restore Mr Dutton as a standing member of the National Security Committee of cabinet?


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:59): I have nothing to add to my earlier answer.


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (14:59): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. Minister, why has Senator Sinodinos been appointed to the National Security Committee of cabinet ahead of Mr Dutton, and how broad is the Cabinet Secretary's portfolio?


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:59): I have nothing to add to my earlier answer.