Tony still won’t back Malcolm

Jarrod Sierocki

Peter Dutton talks about Australia’s new plan to deal with the threat of terrorism. Credit: Sunrise

Abbott says he was advised against the changes. Picture: AAP

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has revealed he was advised against establishing the new counter-terrorism department unveiled by Malcolm Turnbull.

The prime minister on Tuesday described the move as the biggest change in national security for four decades.

Under the plan, which would come into force next year, a home affairs portfolio headed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would cover agencies including the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, Australian Border Force as well as customs and citizenship.

Mr Abbott says the issue was raised when he was prime minister but he was advised against it.

“The advice back then was that we didn’t need the kind of massive bureaucratic change which it seems the prime minister has in mind,” Mr Abbott told 2GB radio on Wednesday.

“I can only assume the advice has changed.

“No doubt …

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