Labor’s Home Affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said the revelations “go to the heart of [Mr] Dutton’s mismanagement of his department and his neglect of his ministerial responsibilities”.
“Mr Dutton stood before the media and declared there were no budget cuts to his department the day after he had signed off on measures to recoup a $300 million budget black hole that had happened on his watch,” Senator Keneally said.
“How wide and deep would have Mr Dutton been willing to slash his department’s budget if these measures … had not been exposed in the media?”
Senator Keneally said the measures would have weakened Australia’s border protection.
The horror show that is Australian politics remains the gift that keeps giving for comedian John Oliver – and this time he’s set his ire on embattled Queensland MP Bob Katter.
On Sunday’s episode of his US show Last Week Tonight, the late night host showed his viewers footage of Fraser Anning’s notorious maiden speech in parliament last week, in which the Katter Party senator called for a “final solution” to Muslim immigration.
“That is just not a phrase you want to throw around for pretty obvious reasons,” Oliver told his stunned audience.
“It’s the same reason that we don’t name babies Adolf anymore, or have tiny moustaches, or call yoga retreats ‘concentration camps’.”