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)
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.
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.
Never say Never arbitrary politics. The untrustable Minister (ODT)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Invitation for Criminal Tourism (ODT)
The peak legal body has warned Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton an attempt to deport alleged foreign criminals before trial would endanger national security and undermine natural justice.
The push by the Home Affairs department to allow unlawful non-citizens facing criminal charges to leave the country without facing court has also angered public prosecutors and attorneys-general.
Threatening Australian councils does Peter Dutton ever stop? He sees himself as the exemplary defender of the Liberal Right one day to the dumb ass goofball of boom gate offering to resign the next. (ODT)
Currently Australia’s most openly vile and incompetant Politician since Tony Abbott put his head down in his no longer certain seat of Warringah is Peter Dutton. As a politician Dutton has absolutely no redeeming features whatsoever that align him to any Australian values or ethos. The man has promoted culture wars, advocated collective punishment of Muslim and African Australians, and declared white Christian males to be the victims of these minorities from otherwise shithole countries despite all the data indicating the opposite. Dutton with MPs bullhorn in hand is forever calling for further upgrades to surveilence tests on all Australians under the pretext that the mentally ill if black or raised in Islam are in fact examples of radicalized terrorists among us.
Does the owner of a coffee house who was in the wrong place at the wrong time really need a State funeral? Politicians one and all really have grabbed the ball and changed the game. What Australians need are Services in this State yes but for all of us. As long as mental health prevention isn’t made a priority and remains hidden some people will continue to get messages from god think their Christ and unwittingly create mayhem by endangering themselves or others. Politicians like Dutton however do it as a matter of course. (ODT)
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has thrown down the gauntlet at the Muslim community to work more closely with police to prevent terrorist attacks, appearing to accuse Islamic leaders of withholding information from authorities.
An Australian war hero “ignored” by Peter Dutton for years says he’s disgusted the Home Affairs Minister personally intervened to stop a French au pair from being deported.
Peter Dutton was once Shadow Health Minister. He distinguished himself by not asking any questions on Health Policy during Question Time, so it’s clear that a portfolio where he says nothing suits him. Once he became actual Health Minister, he started saying things. While Greg Hunt won an award as “Best Minister in The World”, there was no actual award for the worst. If there was, Dutton would have won convincingly. as he was considered the Worst Health Minister ever, by the medical profession, the media, his own party and just about everybody except for the Peter Dutton fan club, which at the time, had a membership of one.
So, I leave you with the question. What’s more likely? Will the Liberals stick with Malcolm Turnbull because to change leaders again makes them look inept? Or will they all get behind someone with a terrible track record and ensure a wipeout at the next election simply because the NEG doesn’t have a section specifically demanding that we all install a coal-fired power station in our living room?
Mm, might be time to buy that unicorn insurance…
He said the teen had been detained at a NSW youth detention centre for “stock standard” crimes when he was suddenly removed by the Australian Border Force and taken to Melbourne.
“[Immigration Minister Peter] Dutton has used [section] 116 of the Migration Act to revoke his visa,” Mr Barns said.
“That’s the section that says ‘I can remove your visa if I think you’re a danger to the community’.
Being asked to “guard against compassion for refugees” marks a new level of overt state-sponsored moral violence in Australia, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
Far-right extremists, both in South Africa and other countries including Australia, claim white South African farmers are facing a genocide.
Most people don’t accept the hyperbolic claims of a white genocide – it is difficult to equate South Africa with Rwanda or Nazi Germany.
Dan Kriek, the president of AgriSA, the largest representative body of commercial farmers in South Africa, condemns both attacks “in the strongest possible terms”.
But there is a difference between the two that troubles him.
One of the attacks, on a white farmer and his wife, was reported in the media. But the other attack – where the victims were two black farmers – received no coverage.
“The point I am trying to make is the media is not reporting the true state of affairs – farm attacks and farm murders are shared by all racial groups in this country,” Kriek says.
He believes the media portrayal of the farm murders as an onslaught on white farmers does nothing to help social cohesion in a country still haunted by apartheid.
Earlier this year Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton caused a diplomatic furore when he said Australia had “the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted”.
As pressure mounts within the Coalition to help resettle the farmers, the UNHCR has cast doubt on whether South African farmers can be classified as refugees and granted protection under Australia’s humanitarian program.
“The UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra has not received any queries from South African farmers seeking protection from Australia,” said UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield.
“Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, a person must be outside their country of origin in order to claim asylum.”
In contrast, she said the hundreds of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru have sought protection “directly from Australia” and deserve the Government’s attention.
“Those who have been forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea and Nauru under the ‘offshore processing’ arrangement should be Australia’s first priority after almost five years,” she said.
MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS PETER DUTTON recently had a spontaneous brainwave — one that appeared to be completely void of consultation with advisers or fellow Ministers, detailed research or, indeed, actual thought.
Mr Dutton, who has previously only spat derision at refugees and migrants in general, decided it would be a good idea to fast-track visas for “persecuted” white South African farmers needing assistance from a “civilised” country like Australia — forgetting that there isn’t even a queue of white South Africans trying to obtain Australian visas (unlike the Rohingya, for example).
This sudden and – as many said – diplomatically disastrous idea, was met with much local and international condemnation.
Homeland Policy Merry Xmas
Australian shoppers would have to pay a $5 tax on every parcel posted from overseas under a federal government plan to cover skyrocketing security screening costs.
Parcels containing purchases like clothing, makeup and books worth less than $1000 – which now represent 90 per cent of deliveries entering Australia – would attract the new tax.
The Department of Home Affairs proposal will provoke opposition from online retailers like eBay and Amazon, as well as delivery providers who have warned the full cost would passed on to consumers already preparing to pay GST on small online purchases from July 1.
South African revolutionaries call Dutton’s bluff
The Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania has called on Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to “come to our country and collect all his fellow racists who feel that they cannot live together with normal people and go live where they are accepted in that unbecoming society”.
“This follows Dutton’s call to fast-track visa applications by white South African farmers who he said were facing “horrific circumstances” of being murdered and having their land taken away.
He said they deserved to be resettled in a “civilised country”, a clear slur on South Africa.
He said they would be “hard-working and not become dependent on welfare”, a clear slur on non-white refugees accepted into Australia.
He said “They’re the sorts of migrants that we want to bring into our country,” a clear slur on the unfortunates stranded in Nauru and in Papua New Guinea.
He said all of this after only recently stating that Australia should further reduce the number of migrants coming to Australia.”
Peter Dutton is terrorizing White South African Farmers demanding the seek Asylum here. However, they prefer the Asylum of South Africa. Black South African Farmers will not be accepted under any circumstance. Dutton copywrote his own script of which South Africans say they know nothing. Dutton’s now urgently looking for a volunteer. (Old Dog)
“People do need help and they need help from a civilised country like ours,” Mr Dutton told News Corp.
The revelations raise serious questions about why Australia’s Border Force granted Shoma a student’s visa to come to Australia.
A spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Home Affairs earlier said Shoma had been subjected to “all the usual checks” and that no adverse findings were made.
In the two years following its implementation, this legislation change has resulted in a 1,100% increase in individuals placed in detention on ‘character grounds.’ Whilst this is passed off as the protection of the Australian community from a ‘criminal element’, what is particularly chilling is the set of sweeping discretionary powers this legislation gave to just one man – namely the Minister for Home Affairs.
Reason and common sense dictate that it is supreme folly to accord virtually unchecked powers to one person. It means we are left to rely on the moral fibre of an incumbent minister to uphold the spirit and intent of the legislation in a fair and just manner. With great power comes great responsibility’ as the saying goes. And therein lies the problem. In Peter Dutton we have a veritable monkey with a match in a barrel of dynamite. This is a man who displays open contempt for the judiciary; who sees the court system as little more than a frustrating impediment. He is nothing if not transparent – it is not hard to see a man consumed by self-righteousness and driven by a personal vendetta to rid the country of all that he personally considers to be vile and wrong.
Section 501 has effectively equipped this vigilante Minister with a weapon of mass destruction. So how does a 501 visa cancellation actually work? Simply put, it can be likened to a card game which has the deck rigged in favour of the house:
New official crime figures show Victoria is safer than it has been at any time for the past 10 years.
The Bureau of Statistics count of recorded crime across all states shows just 75,860 offenders in 2016-17, down from a high of 87,695 under the Baillieu government in 2012-13 and the fourth successive annual fall.
The Australian Citizenship Act currently prevents a Minister from revoking a person’s Australian citizenship if he or she is unable to become a national or citizen of another country. Despite this, Dutton and Abbott still investigated whether the revocation of Australian citizenship could be extended to natural born Australians, including second generation Australians. The proposal was so radical that six ministers reportedly revolted against the policy in a cabinet meeting. The fact that it was even considered in the first place simply goes to show just how far men like Dutton and Abbott are prepared to push the envelope in their desire to strip citizenship from as many people as humanly possible.
A refugee who needs to travel for heart surgery has been told by Australian Border Force she must leave her son alone on Nauru
Read these links and see just how unoriginal Peter Dutton in fact is. He’s not only inspired by Breitbart but he’s applying their tactics to his misinformation campaign in Melbourne. The man does not deserve to be a Minister and wecan’t wait to see him lose his seat in the next election. ( Olddog Thoughts)