Some believe that “data jealousies” and limited cooperation would negatively impact the newly created department, a belief founded by observing challenges that the U.S. DHS has had in achieving full cooperation between agencies. Additionally, some ministers maintain that existing cooperation is episodic and personalized. Finally, some ministers state the merge is simply another means for “the people who militarized customs” to control the national security system.
The creation of a DHS is difficult and, as one official noted, it may only manifest itself after a mass terrorist attack as it did in the U.S. after 9/11. Today, the U.S. DHS continues to mature and become more effective, but as skeptics in Australia point out, information sharing and coordination across multiple agencies is challenging; particularly when those agencies have diverse legacy cultures and leadership structures.
For additional reporting, please visit The Sydney Morning Herald.