The intelligence agencies, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and the National Security Legislation Monitor Brett Walker SC weren't consulted either about the abolition of Mr Walker's position and he got to know about it on 13 May, Budget day.
Rest easy in your beds though, we have plenty of oversight of those protecting national security according to Dr McCarthy, the Associate Secretary of National Security and International Policy, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet:
Senator JACINTA COLLINS: Why is the government abolishing the position?Dr McCarthy : The government concluded that there is a range of oversight mechanisms available for national security legislation in addition to the National Security Legislation Monitor. Over the course of his three-year term, the monitor has conducted a very thorough review of national security legislation. At the same time the Council of Australian Governments commissioned a review of counter-terrorism legislation. That was a review that was agreed to when the Commonwealth and the states and territories agreed to new counter-terrorism legislation in 2005. At the moment, the government is considering some 98 recommendations in total from the monitor's second and third reports and the COAG review of national security legislation. There are also oversight mechanisms such as the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and of course other committees of the parliament.Senator JACINTA COLLINS: Why then would the UK independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, have cited our legislation as a model for other democracies to follow?Dr McCarthy : Well, that is the view of the UK monitor.