Tag Archives: Peter-Dutton

MUNGO MacCALLUM. Scratching to find an alternative to Malcolm Turnbull.

A corner has been turned, a bridge has been crossed, a line has been drawn. Australian politics has changed: the idea that Malcolm Turnbull could be replaced as Liberal leader is no longer unthinkable.  

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Baird and Turnbull.

Apart from his regret at losing the nearest thing to a mate among the premiers, Turnbull must be feeling more than a little conflicted, because the inevitable comparisons that will be made between the two leaders will not be in … Continue reading

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IAN MACPHEE. Peter Dutton has it wrong on Malcolm Fraser.

The attack by Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, on Malcolm Fraser’s refugee policies is outrageous. We have had a succession of inadequate immigration ministers in recent years but Dutton is setting the standards even lower. Yet, Turnbull recently declared him to … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Peter Dutton has got it wrong in blaming Malcolm Fraser on refugees.

  This is a slightly edited text of an interview with Elizabeth Jackson on The Saturday AM program on ABC radio on 19 November 2016-11-19 ELIZABETH JACKSON: The former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and former … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN. Time to defuse Nauru and Manus Island time bombs

On the weekend, I joined Robert Manne, Tim Costello and John Menadue in calling for an end to the limbo imposed on proven refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I think this can be done while keeping the boats stopped. … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM: Rituals of irrelevance and distraction.

So we have at last reached a marker along the long trek to the election. The Pre-election economic and fiscal outlook (PEFO) was announced at the end of the second week, which is supposed to mean just where we and … Continue reading

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CARMEN LAWRENCE. When in doubt, rewind to the politics of fear.

Peter Dutton now makes no distinction between asylum seekers and refugees who come through regular or irregular channels. He now demonises all refugees. John Menadue. It has been an article of faith for the Coalition that “real” refugees from UNHCR … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Never underestimate a survivor, but Peter Dutton obviously under estimates refugees. They may be ‘takers’ in the early years, but they become great contributors.

The following are extracts from a blog I posted on 27 June 2013.  John Menadue As responsible members of the human family, we have a strong moral case to provide protection for refugees who are the victims of persecution and … Continue reading

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ARJA KESKI-NUMMI. Peter Dutton should know better – rather than demonise refugees we should stand tall and proud of what we have achieved over the past 70 years.

The problem with refugees and asylum seekers is that they are not us – so it is OK to demonise them. Dutton is not dog whistling when he puts people into boxes describing them as “these people”, asserts that they … Continue reading

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‘Refugees don’t self-harm because of me, Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you.’

One of the many disappointments of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership is that he reappointed Peter Dutton as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. This disappointment is reinforced by his attempt to blame refugee advocates rather than his own policies for … Continue reading

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Bob Kinnaird. Foreign worker exploitation.

To reduce foreign worker exploitation, enforce employer sanctions laws 2015 produced a never-ending stream of stories of exploited foreign workers on all kinds of temporary visas. They include overseas students, working holiday and 457 ‘skilled’ visa-holders. Nearly all temporary visas … Continue reading

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Spencer Zifcak. UN Human Rights Council Weighs in on Australia

On 21st of March 2000, an Australian delegation appeared before the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva. The Hon Philip Ruddock, then Minister for Immigration in the Howard Government, led the delegation. … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Cutting waste and costs in health.

Last night on lateline, the Minister for Health Peter Dutton called for a public debate on health reform. I therefore have taken the liberty of reposting a blog of February 3 on ‘Cutting waste and costs in health’. The Minister … Continue reading

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