Category: Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton’s $35k defamation win disputed by Shane Bazzi

Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton.

Currently, AG Cash is desperately trying to regulate Social Media before the 2022 election as it’s the main source where painful and inconvenient anti-government truths can be found in influential numbers. The LNP has calls it “trolling” whereas it in fact it’s opposition News and Opinion not found in our biased MSM or even the LNP neutered ABC. It seems we have a public that needs a voice and government that wants it shut down at all costs.

But he also noted the tweet “was not published in any mainstream media and was published to a relatively small number of people”. Mr Dutton’s case resulted in a relatively small damages award, falling well short of the maximum of $432,500 that could have been awarded.

Source: Peter Dutton’s $35k defamation win disputed by Shane Bazzi

How to Chill Free Speech: Defamation Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Not fit for office

In the public domain, individuals who had known a thing or two about the spiritual and physical torment of rape expressed their puzzlement over Dutton’s response. Higgins, who is seeking redress for her own suffering in this matter, found the minister’s legal response to Bazzi “baffling”. “I’ve been offended plenty.” Despite that, it still afforded “people … the right to engage in public debate and assert their opinion.” The whole case was a “shocking indictment on free speech.”

In finding for Dutton in November, Justice White ruled that the tweet had been defamatory, and that Bazzi could not resort to the defence of honest opinion. With classic, skewering casuistry, the judge found that “Bazzi may have used the word ‘apologist’ without an understanding of the meaning he was, in fact conveying.” If this had been the case, “it would follow that he did not hold the opinion actually conveyed by the words.” Let it be known: if you do no not understand the meaning of certain words, you can have no opinions about them.

Despite his eagerness to seek damages for all grounds, Dutton was only successful on one of the four pleaded imputations. Claims for aggravated damages and an injunction targeting Bazzi’s comments, were rejected. The Defence Minister’s appetite for pursuing Bazzi for his full legal bill also troubled Justice White, who had repeatedly urged the parties to reach a settlement. Why had Dutton not sued in a lower court, he asked? The reason, claimed Dutton’s barrister Hamish Clift this month, was because his client was a prominent figure requiring a prominent stage to protect his prominent reputation. “It would not be appropriate for the court,” retorted White, “to exercise their discretion more favourably to Dutton simply because of the important public and national office of which he holds.”

 

 

Source: How to Chill Free Speech: Defamation Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton ordered to pay part of legal bill in defamation case

“Everyone is equal before the law,” warned a Federal Court judge in rejecting Peter Dutton’s claim for indemnity costs against a Twitter user he sued in the “expensive” forum. The Defence Minister sued refugee advocate Shane Bazzi for defamation and was awarded $35,000 in damages following a six-word tweet in February that said Mr Dutton “is a rape apologist”.  Justice White ordered Mr Bazzi pay Mr Dutton’s costs on a scale equitable as if the lawsuit was filed in a Queensland magistrates court, querying why he had not done so. Mr Dutton was ordered to pay 50 per cent of Mr Bazzi’s legal costs for Wednesday’s hearing. Barrister Hamish Clift for Mr Dutton submitted his client’s reputation required the vindication of a nationally recognised court, given his stature and prominent position as a cabinet minister. But Justice White said the relatively small defamation claim could have been solved in a lower court saving both parties significant expense.

Source: Peter Dutton ordered to pay part of legal bill in defamation case

The Taiwan Foreign Policy Fetish – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sword rattler, Minister of Defence Peter Dutton is regarded as Australia’s worst-ever Minister of Health vying for the same title when Immigration Minister with Scott Morrison and possibly Kevin Andrews.  Here he appears to want to sound like our leading drum beater. However, Dutton really is the Tin Man,a heartless rusted politician, but unlike the one in The Wizard of Oz, he doesn’t seem to want a heart just ticker. He’s the Squakus in today’s AUKUS with America and China cooperating on coal reduction and releasing strategic oil reserves to battle inflation. How much oil is the LNP releasing to lower our price? Did America release our oil? The oil we paid America to store for the war Dutton is rushing to preparing for?

In this, the Taiwan fetish becomes a Cold War iteration in the haunted, twisted imagination of certain policy makers, from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute to the war drummers in the Morrison government. Nonsense flows easily when abstractions and hypotheticals can be passed around with such ease. Sweetly and pathetically, Australian politicians are again reminding us that blood lust, especially from those who have the least reason to fight, remains unquenchable.

Source: The Taiwan Foreign Policy Fetish – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton tells France not to focus on hurt feelings unless they are his | The Shovel

Dutton sets the example on how to become the worst Health, Immigration and Defence Australia has ever seen. Never getting or timing things right yet he’s the man who would be King

In a radio interview this morning, the man who is suing a refugee advocate over a six-word tweet said France should grow up and stop being a baby about it. “Now is not the time to be sensitive. Not while people out there are saying unkind things about me on Twitter,” the Defence Minister said.

Source: Dutton tells France not to focus on hurt feelings unless they are his | The Shovel

Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Emails reveal staff felt shame after Defence Minister Peter Dutton banned IDAHOBIT celebrations, claiming “we are not pursuing a woke agenda”.

He really believed he could be this country’s PM. He mocked our Pacific neighbors and had no qualms sneaking in Operes as a special favor for a mate. Apparently, if he had his way the Sydney Mardi Gras would be banned because it’s “woke” and a critical want to replace heterosexuals in every aspect of our institutional lives. Peter Dutton is our paranoid Minister of Defence and showing Australia he’s doing his job and not acting on his personal whims.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in May revealed that the Defence Minister had ordered his department and serving military personnel to stop events with “particular clothes in celebration” after Defence held morning teas where staff wore rainbow clothing to mark IDAHOBIT. Mr Dutton told Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell and secretary Greg Moriarty to issue a note ending such events, saying he would never tolerate discrimination but would not pursue a “woke agenda” either.

Source: Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Dutton Asserts China Is Now the Enemy, Not Islamic Terrorism

Dutton on China

But while the propaganda machine assaults us with nightmarish ideas about the looming threat of Beijing – aiming to inspire the same fear it did in regard to Islamic terrorists – it doesn’t have to worry too much about gaining popular support, as the public has no say in war decision-making. In this country, the National Security of Committee of Cabinet makes the decision on whether our nation goes into battle – that’s unless, as Bolt is concerned, China pre-empts a war with the US by turning its guns on us. The National Security Committee is currently made up of Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Simon Birmingham, Karen Andrews, Michaelia Cash, and quiet probably as of this week, Barnaby Joyce. From here, it’s just a waiting game to see if the war remains cold, as it did with Russia, or it heats up like our successful ventures into the Middle East.

Source: Dutton Asserts China Is Now the Enemy, Not Islamic Terrorism

“Reputation, reputation, reputation!” O, I ha’ lost my reputation, I ha’ lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Shakespeare explains it well: “Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.”

Source: “Reputation, reputation, reputation!” O, I ha’ lost my reputation, I ha’ lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Refugee activist sued by Peter Dutton over tweet says politicians should be more tolerant of criticism | Peter Dutton | The Guardian

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Let’s not forget Dutton at Boomgate when exposed he offered to resign. You can malign a pacific nation but not Peter Dutton. He apologized to Tony Abbott for getting caught and not to the people of the Pacific.

Lawyers for a refugee activist being sued by Peter Dutton for labelling him “a rape apologist” say the case has serious implications for freedom of speech, and politicians should be more tolerant of criticism.

Source: Refugee activist sued by Peter Dutton over tweet says politicians should be more tolerant of criticism | Peter Dutton | The Guardian

Home affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo urged to ‘tone it down’ after ‘drums of war’ speech | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Michael Pezzullo

Pezzullo is tipped to follow Dutton to become defence department secretary, a move that would cement the trend of China hawks being appointed to top defence jobs, despite the Morrison government’s claims it is attempting to reset the relationship.

Source: Home affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo urged to ‘tone it down’ after ‘drums of war’ speech | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Dutton’s bidding to put press freedom under threat, again: GetUp! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton is seeking added powers to grant to ASIO to strike at freedoms granted to journalists and citizens alike, activist group GetUp! alleged on Sunday.

Dutton’s bidding to put press freedom under threat, again: GetUp! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Federal MP Peter Dutton covers up $39 million fraud and theft at the Australian Border Force – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Border Force is Peter Dutton’s responsibility as he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs in December 2017 which also has oversight for Border Force. Prior to that Peter Dutton was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 23.12.2014 to 28.8.2018 which covers the period when the $39 fraud and theft took place.

Federal MP Peter Dutton covers up $39 million fraud and theft at the Australian Border Force – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Dutton Declares That Border Force Stops Boats Not Ships – The (un)Australian

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Minister for the Dark Arts Peter Dutton has declared that Border Force, of which he is in charge of is responsible for dealing with boats, not ships. Particularly not cruise ships ”A lot of people most notably the Twitterati have been attacking me over the cruise ship that docked in Sydney recently,” said Minister Dutton. ”Now I take exception to this and I state unequivocally that my department does not deal with ships, we handle boats.” ”I now call on everybody who has dared to question both myself and my department to apologise, otherwise I may be forced to take matters further.” When asked what the difference is between a boat and a ship, the Minister replied: ”Well, a boat is a lot smaller than a ship and boats tend to be occupied with people that you can easily lock up.” ”Whereas ships tend to be populated with more affluent members of society, maybe even a Member of parliaments in-laws for example.” ”Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s been a very stressful couple of weeks, I’m off to relax by strangling a puppy or two.”

Dutton Declares That Border Force Stops Boats Not Ships – The (un)Australian

Dutton misleads on his role in protecting public health

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

Peter Dutton’s confidence in ignoring the judiciary mocks Australia’s system of government | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian

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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

Coronavirus: Peter Dutton tests positive to Covid-19 after returning to Australia from TRUMPLAND | Australia news | The Guardian

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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 says ‘leftwing lunatics’ must be dealt with as Asio warns of far-right threat | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia's home affairs minister Peter Dutton

Mental as Anything

 Dutton says ‘leftwing lunatics’ must be dealt with as Asio warns of far-right threat | Australia news | The Guardian

 

Peter Dutton says 250 have been charged with arson. But the data tells a different story – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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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)

Dutton and Pezzullo’s bushfire emergency failure

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

Jailhouse lawyer to fight deportation by Peter Dutton

David McCulloch leaves the Supreme Court earlier this year.

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

That’s another Fine Mess you’ve gotten us into, Spud! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

New DNA evidence rejects incest claim but couple’s visa nightmare goes on

Daniel Tadese in Melbourne on Friday.

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

The Dud strikes again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Trouble in Home Affairs – » 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

Barnaby Joyce backs Tamil family to stay as Peter Dutton rejects ‘moral lectures’ from supporters – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The two children of asylum seekers Nadesalingam and Priya.

There’s a storm brewing in LNP paradise (ODT)

Key points:

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)

Survey reveals low morale in Home Affairs Department

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 | Australia news | The Guardian

Peter Dutton

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

Time’s up for this failed experiment | Inside Story

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

Peter Dutton and the great Australian tourist visa scam

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

‘$5 million for a piece of paper’: Major review of Home Affairs did not produce an actual report

Peter Dutton became Home Affairs Minister under Malcolm Turnbull.

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 AFP is at a crossroads, and Peter Dutton’s ‘old school’ style isn’t what it needs – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Commissioner Colvin prepares to talk into a microphone

via The AFP is at a crossroads, and Peter Dutton’s ‘old school’ style isn’t what it needs – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Peter Dutton brought child refugee to Australia after lobbying from Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian

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Never say Never arbitrary politics. The untrustable Minister (ODT)

via Peter Dutton brought child refugee to Australia after lobbying from Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian

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There’s no clear need for Peter Dutton’s new bill excluding citizens from Australia

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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

Duttonisation – an existential threat to Morrison? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Peter Dutton confirms plan to create new spying powers still being considered | Australia news | The Guardian

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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

Keneally exposes visa system chaos under Dutton

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