In terms of public health, the primary focus is on ensuring visa applicants and arrivals are free of tuberculosis. But the Auditor-General’s report of 2007 states visa applicants and holders must also be
‘…free from a disease or condition that would result in a threat to public health or a danger to the Australian community.’
via Dutton misleads on his role in protecting public health
Dutton blames the victims. He is Australia’s Shame, (ODT)
Source: This family is not ‘playing funny games’, Mr Dutton. You are
In December 2019, the high court heard its first fast-track applicant (CNY17), and declared that the IAA review of his protection claim had been “infected by apprehended bias” because of what Justice James Edelman called “irrelevant and prejudicial material involving prejudicial opinion, innuendo and tacit suggestion” shared by Dutton’s Department of Home Affairs.
This issue of bias is highly relevant to Australia’s lopsided assessment of refugees, where the mere fact of arriving by boat has destroyed the lives of people like our client and more than 500 others, many of whom are entering their eighth year in detention.
Dutton’s confidence in ignoring the judiciary makes a mockery of Australia’s system of government, which rests on the separation of powers enshrined in our constitution, between the judiciary, executive and legislature. Unless each respects the role of the other, the very foundations of our democracy are at risk.
via Peter Dutton’s confidence in ignoring the judiciary mocks Australia’s system of government | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian
Trump has declared it’s not his fault and is now considering bans on Australians from entering the country and embarrassing him.(ODT)
via Coronavirus: Peter Dutton tests positive to Covid-19 after returning to Australia from US | Australia news | The Guardian
Dutton read Trump’s political tactic practices it the bigger the lie the more likely some people will believe you and those that don’t simply find it entertaining (ODT)
via Peter Dutton says 250 have been charged with arson. But the data tells a different story – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Failed Health Minister keeps his track record and Fails again and again and again (ODT)
via Peter Dutton’s trifecta of border protection failures
Dutton is keeping up his reputation from the worst Minister for Health ever to the worst Homeland Minister. He simply doesn’t no what he’s doing. (ODT)
There are possible explanations for Dutton’s and Pezzullo’s failure in the bushfire emergency.
The first is sheer incompetence and the collapsed morale in the Department of Home Affairs. Abul Rizvi has cited numerous examples of just that.
The second explanation is, as an insider in Emergency Management Australia (EMA) told me, the focus in EMA has been the possible threat of terrorism to the neglect of other threats like bushfires. Presumably, this focus has been at the direction of Dutton and Pezzullo. This is consistent with the way we know that Dutton and Pezzullo have operated for many years — frighten us about the threat of terrorism because that delivers more political dividends.
Or is there just confusion in the Government about who is responsible? Is there shared responsibility with the Minister for Agriculture and Water David Littleproud?
At least one thing is very clear and that is the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs for Commonwealth Emergency Management. It has failed in that responsibility.
via Dutton and Pezzullo’s bushfire emergency failure
Where’s Dutton he’s on first priority alert (ODT)
via Australia Spends $4.5 Million Detaining Biloela Family
A self-styled jailhouse lawyer who provided advice to some of Australia’s most notorious criminals will be deported in a matter of days after consenting to an order by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton cancelling his permanent residency on character grounds.
via Jailhouse lawyer to fight deportation by Peter Dutton
Australia’s Idiot Minister
The Eagles in their classic Hotel California – and now part of settled Australian asylum seeker law :
‘You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!’
Fast forward to Melbourne today and we find that there are around 45 asylum seekers who had previously been detained in PNG but who had, under the Medevac Laws, been brought to Australia for urgent medical attention. The men are currently, following their medical treatment, detained on one floor of the $180-a-night Mantra on Bell in Preston, which is off-limits to other guests and patrolled by private security guards.
The difficulty facing Spud Dutton is that he cannot easily return these folk to detention in PNG as – unlike Australia – it is unconstitutional under PNG law to hold people against their will unless they have been charged and convicted of a crime and sentenced in a properly constituted court of law; always remembering that seeking asylum is not a crime. So PNG is unlikely to take them back, as to issue them with a tourist visa would be taking migration law into the realms of Monty Python.
So, in between cameo appearances on 2GB and Sky and television ads with uniformed AFP personnel, minister Dutton is pondering his next move having effectively painted himself into a corner with little room to maneuver.
via That’s another Fine Mess you’ve gotten us into, Spud! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
In Peter Dutton’s Australia your guilty even if you’ve proved your innocent (ODT)
An Ethiopian couple suspected of incest by the Australian government have been told their visa case cannot be reviewed despite fresh DNA evidence that scuttles the claim.
via New DNA evidence rejects incest claim but couple’s visa nightmare goes on
Peter Dutton has used his preferred diplomatic channel, 2GB, to mightily piss off our biggest trading partner by saying that the policies of the Communist Party of China are “inconsistent with those of Australia.”
Further wading into the mire, he proclaimed that “Australia is not going to allow university students to be unduly influenced by China, the theft of intellectual property or the hacking of government or non-government organisations.”
The reaction from the Chinese was predictable, calling his comments “irrational”, “shocking” and “baseless”.
via The Dud strikes again – » The Australian Independent Media Network
That Home Affairs is such a toxic workplace should be a cause for serious concern and urgent action.
Peter Dutton has questions to answer. But don’t hold your breath. He’s a protected species and likely more powerful than the Prime Minister himself.
via Trouble in Home Affairs – » The Australian Independent Media Network
There’s a storm brewing in LNP paradise (ODT)
Supporters of the family have been urging Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to reconsider their case
Mr Dutton said that would encourage the people smuggling trade
The family is on Christmas Island as it makes a last-minute bid to avoid deportation
via Barnaby Joyce backs Tamil family to stay as Peter Dutton rejects ‘moral lectures’ from supporters – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Dutton from Australia’s worst Health Minister to Australia’s worst Minister. When does the message sink in? (ODT)
For an agency that was created to better co-ordinate Australia’s national security across agencies within the portfolio, only 35 percent said they routinely engage with other agencies in the portfolio.
This surely is a wake-up call even for the tone deaf Dutton and Pezzullo.
Hardly surprising the two of them refuse to release the details of the $5 million review of Home Affairs.
And what is their solution to all this dysfunction? Privatisation of visa processing, apparently.
It looks like we’re going from the frying pan and into the fire.
via Survey reveals low morale in Home Affairs Department
Thousands of public servants want to quit Peter Dutton’s home affairs department, with a new report finding staff are suffering low morale, poor engagement and high levels of bullying and harassment.
via Thousands of public servants want to quit Peter Dutton’s home affairs department | Australia news | The Guardian
A very insightful argument for the disbandment of the Department of Home Affairs written in February 2019 and even more topical today, with the revelations of the Department’s failure to prevent an influx of Chinese gangsters and traffickers together with its overall incompetence in dealing with its workload. The article also explodes the myth of Morrison stopping the boats, pointing out that he and his colleagues were responsible for the arrival of many more boats than they ever stopped.( Alister Nicholson)
via Time’s up for this failed experiment | Inside Story
The Australian tourist visa processing system was once fair, impartial, transparent and accountable. However, recent information surfacing about Australian visitor visa processing indicates that practices under the new Home Affairs super-department are secretive, unfair, deceitful, unaccountable, dishonest and, in some areas, even illegal.
via Peter Dutton and the great Australian tourist visa scam
This is either the single most expensive single piece of paper in the history of this chamber, or a blatant rejection of the will of the Senate by a minister who is allergic to scrutiny
The government has defied a Senate demand to release the findings of its review of the Home Affairs portfolio by claiming it did not produce a “single consolidated report” despite spending $4.9 million on the effort.
The claim triggered an outcry in the Senate over the performance of the Department of Home Affairs and its minister, Peter Dutton, after the controversial creation of the vast portfolio two years ago.
Senator Keneally also claimed the department had wasted taxpayer money by spending over $450,000 on corporate hospitality, $100,000 on executive office upgrades, $132,000 on motivational speakers and $9 million on a contract with Toll Holdings for accommodation on Manus Island even though the project was abandoned.
Senator Keneally also cited an audit office finding in January this year that concluded the department’s Biometric Identification Services Project was “deficient in almost every respect” despite a cost of $34 million.
via ‘$5 million for a piece of paper’: Major review of Home Affairs did not produce an actual report
The bill is aimed at mitigating threats posed by foreign fighters coming back to Australia from conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It was first put before Parliament in February, and has now been reintroduced with some amendments.
Yesterday, the government introduced a bill into Parliament that, if passed, would allow the home affairs minister Peter Dutton to temporarily exclude some Australian citizens – including children – from returning to Australia.
The bill is aimed at mitigating threats posed by foreign fighters coming back to Australia from conflicts in Syria and Iraq. It was first put before Parliament in February, and has now been reintroduced with some amendments.
via There’s no clear need for Peter Dutton’s new bill excluding citizens from Australia
In summary, this piece argues that Dutton is resolutely determined to elevate his status and eventually take control of the LNP government. From the moment Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership came into question, Dutton believed he was the ‘better man’ to replace him, and that his bid for the top job should be supported by his colleagues. There is no evidence that he has abandoned this lofty ambition. In fact, recent revelations show how he and Morrison colluded in this shameful process. And I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Read David Tyler’s Dutton’s naked power grab in The AIM Network, and Kristina Keneally’s assessment of the ‘man who cries wolf’ in The Guardian.
I wonder how Dutton will react to the recent National Press Club statement on the AFP raids and the NPC event on 26 June: Press Freedom – On the line featuring the Managing Director of the ABC, David Anderson, the Chief Executive Officer of Nine, Hugh Marks, and the Executive Chairman Australasia, News Corp, Michael Miller?
Watch Dutton in the months ahead and draw your own conclusions.
via Duttonisation – an existential threat to Morrison? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
How easy is it for governments to organize independant referrals to the AFP to investigate matters Peter Dutton? Simply take the case of Nicola Gobbo now she was hardly independant. (ODT)
Dutton defended the AFP raids, noting the police had sought information from the ABC “for a long period of time” and executed a warrant due to a “stalemate” in negotiation.
He said the ABC had a right to defend its interests but the AFP had a “statutory obligation to investigate matters referred to it”, independently of government.
via Peter Dutton confirms plan to create new spying powers still being considered | Australia news | The Guardian
Dutton in her firing line. Declared the Worst Minister of Health by the AMA he’s transitioned to become the worst in National Security and Immigration.(ODT)
NEW Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Kristina Keneally has signalled Labor’s intention to hold the Government to account for the chaos in our visa system. This article updates some of the data on that chaos which confirms the Department of Home Affairs continues to struggle. The Department’s funding over the next few years, together with its plans for visa privatisation, suggest the Government has no effective method for regaining control over our air borders.
The problems with our visa system start with enormous visa application backlogs and ballooning processing times (see Table 1 for examples).
via Keneally exposes visa system chaos under Dutton
At end June 2018, the Coalition Government had allowed a backlog of over 80,000 “Partner visa” applications to build up. These are overseas-born people who are married to or intend to marry Australian citizens or permanent residents.
via Partner visas: Another Dutton scandal
Hadley says he’s reformed but has no problem calling a young girl a “grub” (ODT)
Why are News Corp and Hadley so obsessed with a small-time drug user and peddler? Why has Hadley been talking with Dutton about one detainee out of 5,276? Why Is the Minister so down on this guy when much bigger fish, like William Betham, are free to roam the Gold Coast?
Hadley/Dutton/News — an unholy triumvirate if ever there was one.
via Dutton’s ‘adviser’ Ray Hadley and the case of the on-again-off-again visa
Qld’s greatest shame (OLD)
The responses to Fraser Anning’s asinine statement following the Christchurch Mosque Massacre have come thick and fast. But none is ridiculous, or more dangerous, than Peter Dutton’s recent spat with the Greens. Get your potato peelers out, ladies and gentlemen, for we are going into the veggie patch to confront Spud on his home turf.
via Peeling the Potato: Dutton, the Greens and Fraser Anning – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Leaked notes from Defence revealed it was forced to reduce counter-terrorism ocean patrols with the Philippines, cancel a martitime operation with Pacific neighbours and cancel an air surveillance exercise with Indonesia because it had to pick up the slack left by an underfunded Border Force, which had 20 per cent fewer sea-going personnel than it neede
But the real border control issue today is the record number of asylum seekers, mostly non-genuine, entering as tourists right under Dutton’s nose. He has serious questions to answer on this.
People arriving on visitor visas and changing their status onshore constituted an astonishing 24 per cent of net migration in 2017-18 – the mark of a visa system out of control.
But most unforgivable is Dutton’s vilification of certain migrant communities and his dog-whistling on citizenship laws. More recently, he has followed up with appalling comments on sick asylum seekers from Manus and Nauru taking places of Australians on hospital waiting lists. No previous immigration minister has ever stooped so low.
You will never see this in Newscorp (ODT)
via Worst ever immigration minister: Asylum seekers jet in under Dutton’s nose
Dutton admits that the services offered to people in detention aren’t as good as those offered in Australia in a way that was meant to embarass those that declared that was the case in the first place. Do we guess he hates “tourists” for clogging up the system as much? (ODT)
But Mr Dutton immediately dialled up his attack on Labor’s support for the medical transfer legislation, which will allow critically ill refugees and asylum seekers to come to Australia for treatment, claiming it would result in Australians missing out on healthcare at hospitals.
The law passed against the minority government’s wishes with the support of Labor and the crossbench.
“People who need medical services are going to be displaced from those services, because if you bring hundreds and hundreds of people from Nauru and Manus down to our country, they are going to go into the health network,” Mr Dutton told reporters on Thursday.
“I don’t want to see Australians who are in waiting lines at public hospitals kicked off those waiting lines because people from Nauru and Manus are now going to access those health services.
via Peter Dutton claims Australians will be ‘kicked off’ hospital waiting lists in favour of refugees
Sometimes all you need to do is look at someone’s face and their inner demon reveals itself. Some people are better at concealing their worst side, but one of those people is not Peter Dutton.
Now, I am not going to get into calling Dutton names. Yes, I have probably been one of the worst offenders in calling him a potato, or spud, or chip, or some other sort of vegetarian dish.
In fact, indeed, Dutton is a very intelligent man. By calling him names, we diminish the malevolence, malignance and maleficence of this man.
The traits reveal themselves in almost every image I’ve seen taken of him.
via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The picture of Duttorian Gray
The words of Marie Sallnäs of Stockholm University remain relevant in describing the entire basis of private sector providers when it comes to dealing with refugee arrivals: “cowboys who are only there because they want to make heaps of money.”
Australia storms ahead in these stakes. Its officials pay the very people smugglers they condemn to take their trafficked goods elsewhere;
The “can-do” country of innovative cruelty has been adding a host of ideas to the mix on how best to tackle those incorrigibles arriving by sea. To that end, contracts have been awarded to various outfits with a good patina of near as to be criminality. The contractor Paladin is the most recent upstart in this venture, having received, through a closed-tender process, a range of contracts worth $A423 million for 22 months of work. It had been receiving $A17 million a month to provide security at three refugee centres located on Manus Island.
The company itself has a curious Australian address: 134 Nepean Esplanade, an inconspicuous beach shack on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. It had only registered in Australia a month before winning a $A89 million contract to provide security services. Importantly, Paladin is interested in the grand squeeze, ensuring that the cost for each detainee, minus the actual comfort they receive, exceeds a daily rate twice that for a five-star hotel suite with Sydney Harbour views. In that sense, the Australian tax payer and detainee are given a right royal rogering.
The Minister for Home Affairs begs to differ. Nothing to see here, Dutton suggests; move on. As Bernard Keane, writing for Crikey, explains, there is much to see and more besides, so much so that a Royal Commission into the affairs of the Home Department might be necessary. And that would just be the start.
via Refugees as Business: The Paladin Group Contract – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Dutton trying to grab the limelight off Abbott and Morrison (ODT)
Which, if you ask us, is wrong. If you are going to accuse a high government official of accepting an $80K sling from a convicted drug dealer to reverse their deportation order, you need to back it up and put your name to it, cite sources, prove your case.
Then again, if you are the Minister for Home Affairs you might think about putting up at least a token defence — “It’s bullshit, I’ll sue, I demand an immediate retraction”, or something of the sort.
This article, which unequivocally accuses Spud of being in league with criminals and being outright corrupt, has no byline or attribution.
via Dutton’s alleged corrupt link to drug kingpin
Fiji’s top immigration official has confirmed categorically that Islamic State fighter Neil Prakash is not a Fijian national, meaning the Morrison government’s stripping of Prakash’s Australian citizenship is not lawful.
Speaking for the first time to Australian media, Fiji’s director of immigration, Nemani Vuniwaqa, also said no one from the Fijian government was consulted before Australia declared Prakash had lost his Australian citizenship, despite the fact a second citizenship was vital to the legal process in Australia.
Asked whether he was absolutely certain Prakash was not Fijian, he said: “Yes I am. He is not a Fiji citizen.”
Dutton’s citizenship case against terrorist Prakash shredded
It appears on the available information that Prakash does not, and has not at any time, objectively existed as a Fijian citizen. As such, it is likely that section 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act does not apply to Prakash. His alleged involvement in overseas terrorist activities did not cause automatic cessation of his Australian citizenship, and Dutton erred in providing him with written notice that his Australian citizenship had ceased.
However it is evidently open to interpretation that Dutton is in fact a potato. While this goes some way to explaining how such a monumental and internationally embarrassing error could have occured, it is no consolation to Australians currently subject to Dutton’s continued reign of nincompoopery.
via “Peter Dutton is a Potato” – an analysis – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Why are our politicians so bad Peter Dutton is the the perfect example and damns himself with his own words. Regarded as the worst Minister for health and now the worst for Immigration. Dutton offers no incite into his job other than to keep it. No mention of duty to his electorate or the the people of Australia to to the service he’s being paid for. This Liberal lead government has since being elected in 2013 passed the least number of bills since John Gortan yet is one of the highest paid globally to lead a nation of only 24 million people. Julia Gillard broke records in bills passed while PM of a minority government. (ODT)
“Malcolm is charming and affable but he doesn’t have a political bone in his body and it’s not a criticism, but without political judgment you can’t survive in politics and he didn’t.”
via Peter Dutton says Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t have a political bone in his body
A loving Fascist State will all ways hold you tight for Safety…. but whose? (ODT)
PETER DUTTON, Australia’s Palaeolithic figure of politics, has been fairly quiet of late. A failed leadership bid for his party and a tilt at the prime ministership, the threat of a referral to the Australian High Court over his eligibility to sit in parliament and the prospect of losing his seat at the next federal election will do that sort of thing to you.
The Home Affairs minister, however, has been revived and is riding again. And nothing gets Dutton so exercised as arrests on terrorism charges, three of which took place on Tuesday involving Australian nationals of Turkish background from Melbourne’s northern suburbs. We live in, so we keep being reminded of, disconcertingly interesting times, marked by danger and shot through with worry. “We are,” suggests the grave minister, “in a position of vulnerability.” But do not worry — Dutton and the national security state, Freudian father and all, is there to protect you and clasp you, citizenry and all, to an ample chest. Changes, however, are needed.
via Superfluous to law enforcement: Peter Dutton’s move on encryption