David Irvine AO is a former Director General of both the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. He is also a former Australian Ambassador to China and former Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. He is currently Chairman of the Australian government’s Foreign Investment Review Board, an Adjunct Professor in the Australian Graduate School of Policy and Security at Charles Stuart University, and chair of the Cyber Security Research Centre-CRC.
Robert Hope laid out down operating principles to ensure the intelligence community is properly managed and accountable.
The ultimate issue will not be the politics of allocation of agencies to a new portfolio, but the increased effectiveness of the Australian Intelligence Community through the early implementation of these reforms.