Tuesday the 13th May 2014
Volume 301

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Today, we bring to you updates regarding an imminent merging of the Department of Immigration and Customs.


Proposed: Australian Border Force            
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There have been various media reports in the past week regarding a new Department that will arise out of the merging of Department of Immigration and Customs that will be called the Australian Border Force.
Sydney Morning Herald reported on 9th May 2014; public servants at the Immigration Department and Customs service were told by their bosses Martin Bowles and Mike Pezzullo on Friday that a new "Portfolio Reform Board" and a "Joint Reform Task Force" to oversee the merger would begin work on Monday.

You can read more here.
SBS's World News Radio reported on the same day; from July next year, the Australian Border Force will incorporate the roles of Customs and Border Protection and the Immigration Department.
You can read the full transcript here.
The ABC reported on the 10th of May 2014 that; 

Australian Border Force (ABF) will begin operating in July next year and will act as the nation's single frontline enforcement agency.


The combined mega-agency follows one of the recommendations in the Commission of Audit.

ABF will be led by a commissioner who will be the nation's "most senior border law enforcement officer" and will focus on border operations.


The commissioner will have the same standing as other security heads including the AFP Commissioner, Chief of the Defence Force and Director General of spy agency ASIO.


You can read more here.

This announcement has had its fair share of critics according to Sydney Morning Herald's report

Australian National University marketing expert Andrew Hughes said the choice of the ''hairy-chested'' title Australian Border Force sounded like a parody or a cartoon series.

''If I was going to create a cartoon series I would probably call it Australia's Border Protection Force,'' he said.

''The catchphrase would be, 'The ABF - We're here to help', and the characters would have their own matching capes and masks.''


You can also read a report on SBS regarding the Customs being replaced by ABF here.


This news has also sparked job cut fears according to The Australian; 


Mr Morrison's plans come as Joe Hockey separately revealed in The Australian that he would slash more than 200 spending programs in the budget, closing agencies and retrenching staff.

The job shedding would begin with the loss of 3000 positions at the Australian Taxation Office.


Opposition assistant Treasury spokesman Andrew Leigh said slashing the public service was "daft policy for the long run''. "No one who's really worked with public servants thinks there's fat to be cut in the public service. Australia has a high quality, lean public service,'' Mr Leigh said.


You can read more here.


Its going to be interesting to see how this pans out as well as what other surprises the budget has in store for us. Stay tuned for more once the 2014 budget is announced this evening. 


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Thats all we need, an Immigration department with the manners of the Custom's department.


Haven't you noticed as you leave and enter Australia how happy and smily our wonderful Customs officers are? 


Actually I take that back, the Customs sniffer dog is at least friendly as he/she sticks its nose in the most unexpected of places.


The two legged variants bark at you like a dog, salivate when they think they have found something interesting in your luggage or otherwise just stare at you like your next for dinner.


Is that what we really want as our customer service standard for Immigration officers?


Its taken them the last 15 years for them to learn what customer service actually means and I fear that is merger will unravel that progress.


Many of you out there will argue that the DIBP customer service standard is woeful. That may be true but believe it or not it is better than 15 years back. 


Oh well, bring it on I say, this is one old dog who knows his bite is worse than his bark.

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