Aping US security model will not work

November 13, 2007
International News
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Kevin Rudd’s policy to create a department of homeland security is trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

ONE of America’s greatest failings in the past decade was the response of its Department of Homeland Security to the human tragedy that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Now Kevin Rudd wants to mimic this flawed framework by creating Australia’s own department of homeland security and, in the process, dismantle one of the most effective national security systems in the world. Along with the new department, Rudd proposes to centralise decision-making by appointing a national security adviser and creating a new office of national security that will sit within the prime minister’s portfolio.  (The Age)