FourFourSeconds ago, SIS was spun off from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, and the Australian Department of Justice.
It’s the first of three spin-offs of ASIO, which is a government agency.
The spin-off was a huge win for Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government, which had been trying to turn around the troubled ASIO after a decade of failed policy.
But after a year of struggling, Gillard was sacked by the Gillard government in July.
Now, it’s been confirmed that the next chief executive of ASIS is former SAS officer Miwam “Mo” Moeba, who previously served as a deputy chief commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory.
The move to merge with SIS is seen as a major shift for the organisation.
Moeba was formerly chief of the intelligence unit at ASIS, which focuses on protecting national security.
He had previously held a number of positions with ASIS including the deputy director of intelligence for the Northern Territory.
In 2015, Moebas appointment to ASIS came after he left the AFP to become director of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
He is also the former chief executive officer of the Crime Prevention Research Centre.
In addition to Moebes job, the new board of directors includes SIS chief executive David Johnston, the former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service of Western Australia, and former police commissioner Michael O’Neill.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Johnston will also serve as a director of SIS, with Moebia as a board member.
SIS was one of the few Australian security agencies to have been able to withstand the Abbott government’s policies.
In June 2016, the Abbott Government announced the introduction of a sweeping series of security reforms.
These included the mandatory deployment of a ‘No Kill’ policy to the country’s borders.
This was widely seen as an attempt to curb violence and terrorism across the country, but critics have criticised the policy for being ineffective and costly.
The Abbott Government’s border security policies have also caused alarm amongst Muslim communities.
In September 2016, more than 40 people were killed in a siege at a refugee processing centre in the country.
Abbott has said that he was not responsible for the deaths.
But he has also faced criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the situation.
Earlier this year, he called for an inquiry into the attacks on the Australian Parliament and the Parliament House in Canberra.
He has also repeatedly criticised the ‘no fly’ policy as being too tough on terrorism.
A spokesperson for the Abbott Department of Home Affairs said: “The Prime Minister and Cabinet have long recognised the need to make the Australian Border Force (ABF) more effective and responsive to the changing threats facing the nation.”
The Government has worked hard to implement this Government’s plan for increased funding and enhanced leadership for the Border Force, which has been well received by the community.