Michael L’Estrange – former foreign affairs department secretary – says there’s a ‘logic’ to grouping agencies together in one department

A co-author of a review into Australia’s intelligence agencies, Michael L’Estrange, has backed the Turnbull government’s move to a home affairs portfolio while underlining he did not recommend it as part of his report.

In a review released on the same day as the home affairs decision, L’Estrange, the former secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and co-author Stephen Merchant recommended the conversion of the Office of National Assessments into a new office of national intelligence.

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