'$5m for a piece of paper': home affairs in the spotlight – politics live

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It’s the last sitting day before the winter break, when parliament will rest for five weeks. All the day’s events, live

10.48pm BST

Welcome to the last sitting day for five weeks, with politicians heading on the parliament winter break at the close of business today. Parliament won’t be back until 9 September and then there are only five full sitting weeks (plus a separate House and Senate sitting) until the end of the year.

But before we get to that, we have to get through today.

The home affairs department is keeping a multimillion-dollar strategic review into Peter Dutton’s super portfolio secret from the public.

The review was ordered just five months after the creation of the home affairs department in late 2017, which saw the former department of immigration and border protection expanded with agencies and responsibilities from within the attorney general’s department, as well as elements of regional development, social services and prime minister and cabinet.

This is a $5m piece of paper. This is either the single most expensive piece of paper in the history of this chamber or a blatant rejection of the will of the Senate by a minister who is allergic to scrutiny. The community has the right to know how one of our largest government departments – and one that is so fundamental to our national security – is being administered.

The changes were recommended by the Council of Australian Governments following a deadly 2017 terror attack in Victoria, which involved an offender who was on bail and had previously been charged with a terrorism offence.

The community was rightly outraged by Yacqub Khayre’s case and I believe the changes we are introducing today strike the right balance between protecting individual rights and freedoms, and protecting the community.

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