Tag: Peter Dutton

Manus Island detainee who brought young boy into detention centre says he only gave him food – World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The refugee who brought a small boy into the Manus Island detention centre a few weeks ago says he and friends only gave the child some food.

Source: Manus Island detainee who brought young boy into detention centre says he only gave him food – World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Spud Duddy is demanding that the ABC and Fairfax apologise to him for doubting his version of events leading up to shots being fired on Manus Island. “These people can take the word of somebody that’s been discredited but that is an issue frankly for the credibility of the ABC, Fairfax and others, and I think…

Source: One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Shots Fired After Malcolm Asks Peter To Come Into His Office… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A five year old boy passed on the record of conversation between the Prime Minister and Peter Dutton. While some are claiming that this is inaccurate, my sources tell me that it’s completely accurate and anyone who is saying something different doesn’t have the facts. I have the facts, and they’re not alternate facts they’re…

Source: Shots Fired After Malcolm Asks Peter To Come Into His Office… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Immigration Department refuses to comment on exactly why it blocked the visa of a prominent Palestinian activist, but argues it has a responsibility to protect the community from abuse or danger.

Source: Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There is method to Peter Dutton’s madness on marriage equality | KFC Ad Placement

Nothing about this debate should surprise anyone any more. Even this latest “Dutton Dressed As Glam” development.

Dutton’s Love defined

Married At First Sight.

Which tells you that while Australia as a federation is at this stage not yet ready to allow two women or two men who love each other deeply to get married, we are absolutely relaxed about a man and a woman who have never even met getting hitched for the purposes of KFC brand placement.

Source: There is method to Peter Dutton’s madness on marriage equality

A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

“Playing with people’s lives like this is just unconscionable.”

Source: A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Billions of taxpayer dollars were handed to the private contractors running Australia’s offshore detention centres without adequate authorisation or value-for-money assessments, the Commonwealth auditor has found.

Source: ‘Fallen well short’ of standards: Audit slams Immigration Department over Nauru and Manus Island contracts

Refugee waits for ‘urgent’ evacuation from Nauru three weeks after suspected heart attack

An Afghan refugee sent to Nauru by the Australian government remains on the Pacific island nearly three weeks after a doctor advised he needs to be urgently evacuated to treat a potentially fatal heart condition.

Source: Refugee waits for ‘urgent’ evacuation from Nauru three weeks after suspected heart attack

Day to Day Politics: The problem with Policeman Peter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 20 August 2016 There are no two better politicians at feigning indignation than Peter Dutton and “the mouth that roared” Christopher Pyne. Though it has to be conceded with Christopher that he rather enjoys his notoriety. Even being called the most hated politician in Australia seems to give him some sordid sense of self-satisfaction. Unfortunately…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The problem with Policeman Peter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“We Can No Longer Turn A Blind Eye To The Abuse That I Am Experiencing”: Dutton

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Saying he would ‘not be defamed’, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton this morning told the ABC that it is time for Australians to face up to the serious and ongoing harm that sections of the media are doing to his reputation.

Mr Dutton held up a copy of the 2,000-page ‘Nauru Files’, saying it provided unequivocal proof that he was being systematically abused.

“Page after page of allegations that, frankly, are being used to deride me. We simply cannot risk further harm, or further suffering, which is why it is time to shut down these conversations immediately,” Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton said that under proposed changes, journalists would only be able to comment on his performance after being approved for an $8,000 permit.

Nauru Files To Be Taken To Nauru For ‘Processing’

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2,000 leaked incident reports from the Nauru immigration detention centre have been shipped to Nauru by the Australian government, so they can be ‘investigated further’.

Minister for Border Security, Peter Dutton told journalists he could no longer discuss the files as they were now an ‘offshore matter’.

“We will examine these files thoroughly and fairly, and then provide an appropriate response which unfortunately we won’t be able to tell you about,” Mr Dutton said.

“Given these files are now on Nauru it would be inappropriate for me to comment on them. But rest assured that they will be treated with the upmost respect”.

He said the timeframe for reviewing the files was now ‘indefinite’.

Federal election 2016: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton links asylum seekers with terrorism

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has linked asylum seekers with terrorism, insisting recent attacks overseas have made border security a key issue for voters at the election.

Source: Federal election 2016: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton links asylum seekers with terrorism

Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin’s plan for Peter Dutton: Operation Do-gooder! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Brenda explained the plan. They crowdfund a flotilla of actual boats to sail to Nauru and then to Manus Island to pick up all the illiterate asylum seekers

Source: Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin’s plan for Peter Dutton: Operation Do-gooder! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating

Source: Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

A despicable press conference | The Monthly

Peter Dutton today displayed either the worst case of cynicism I have seen in politics – which, believe me, is saying something – or a sad tendency towards self-delusion. Another refugee has set themselves on fire. Take a moment to consider the first word of the previous sentence. Another. This time it was a young Somali woman, Hodan Yasi. This time.

Source: A despicable press conference | The Monthly

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed.

Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.

Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Letting Baby Asha Stay Could Set Dangerous Precedent Of Compassion, Dutton Warns

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the asylum seeker baby dubbed ‘Asha’ will be returned to Nauru as soon as physically possible, warning that a softer stance could be interpreted as humane. 

In a doorstop interview this afternoon, Mr Dutton said Australia had to be very careful not to set a precedent. “Some people say we should just let certain asylum seekers stay. That’s a slippery slope towards compassion,” he said.

“You spare one infant from hell, and then every infant expects you’ll do the same for them. You’re nice to one human, and then every human expects you to be nice. I’ve seen it happen myself. Well, someone’s told me about it happening,” he said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed his minister’s stance. “Compassion is not some sort of renewable resource. We’d run out of compassion before the end of the week”.

Peter Dutton Survives Censure Over ‘Ugly,’ ‘Disgusting’ Baby Asha Comments

CANBERRA — Immigration Minister Peter Dutton survived two potentially embarrassing motions against him in parliament on Monday, as the fallout from the Baby Asha asylum seeker case stretches on.D

Source: Peter Dutton Survives Censure Over ‘Ugly,’ ‘Disgusting’ Baby Asha Comments

How has it come to this? | The Monthly

Now that the High Court has decided that the offshore detention of asylum seekers is lawful, reports suggest that the Turnbull Government is considering returning 234 asylum seekers to Nauru along with the 33 babies of these asylum seekers born in Australia. Given what everyone knows about the spiritual, psychological and bodily ruin that accompanies indefinite detention on Nauru, if the reports turn out to be true this will be a genuinely monstrous act which will outrage millions of decent citizens.

Source: How has it come to this? | The Monthly

Peter Dutton urged to allow dying Pakistani student a final family visit

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is being urged to explain why his department has denied a visa to the family of a dying Pakistani student studying in Melbourne who wants to see his family one last time.

Source: Peter Dutton urged to allow dying Pakistani student a final family visit

Migrants left penniless and suicidal over alleged visa scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man accused of duping dozens of migrants into paying for non-existent working visas is arrested by the Australian Federal Police.

Source: Migrants left penniless and suicidal over alleged visa scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Destination Kyrgyzstan: the latest troubled country Australia wants to send refugees

Kidnapping, violent gangs, torture, terrorism, corruption, civil unrest, treacherous roads, endemic diseases, bad hospitals, strict laws, police harassment, earthquakes and avalanches. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan, the place the Turnbull government wants to send refugees.

Source: Destination Kyrgyzstan: the latest troubled country Australia wants to send refugees

Sacha Baron Cohen Reveals Latest Character

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is actually the latest creation of British actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

The ‘Minister’s’ true identity was outed at a promotional launch event for Baron Cohen’s upcoming movie Much Ado About Dutton.

The controversial British star – whose previous characters include Borat and Ali G – went undercover for over a year, conning media commentators, the general public, and Tony Abbott into thinking he was a former policeman from Queensland. But in reality it was the skillful Baron Cohen pulling all the strings.

As with Baron Cohen’s other characters, ‘Dutton’ pushed the limits of good taste in order to provoke a response. “Getting Border Force to demand to see people’s papers, joking about Pacific Islands being swallowed by climate change, the $7 GP co-payment – these were great gags. I can’t believe how far we were able to take them,” the Bruno star said at the launch today.

Baron Cohen said he thought his cover might have been blown last month when he commented that the ABC and media corporation Fairfax were waging ‘a bit of a jihad’ on the Government. “That’s when I thought I might’ve pushed it too far. Who says stuff like that!”. But the joke went by unnoticed.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton caught joking about the effect of climate change on Pacific islands. He and Andrew Bolt could do an Abbott and Costello routine

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been caught on tape joking about low-lying islands being swamped by rising seas in a 23-second exchange that risked offending Indigenous people, ethnic leaders and Australia’s Pacific neighbours in one fell swoop.

Source: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton caught joking about the effect of climate change on Pacific islands

‘Waves are battering my home’: Marshall Islands Foreign Minister slams Peter Dutton after climate joke

Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony de Brum has slammed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for joking that rising seas will swamp low-lying Pacific islands, inviting him to watch waves that pound his home and terrify his grandchildren.

Source: ‘Waves are battering my home’: Marshall Islands Foreign Minister slams Peter Dutton after climate joke

Peter Dutton renews attack on ‘hysterical’, ‘ideological’ media/ Attention seeking call me victim?

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has escalated his criticism of media outlets he says are waging a “jihad” against the government, describing the response to an aborted Australian Border Force operation in Melbourne as “hysterical” and ideologically driven.

Source: Peter Dutton renews attack on ‘hysterical’, ‘ideological’ media

Cruelty is the worst policy

Image from Amnesty International

So much for that quintessential Australian phrase ‘a fair go for all’. It doesn’t exist in the minds of our policy makers, writes Jennifer Wilson.

In general, it’s always seemed to me that when governments or individuals take an increasingly hard, harsh and inhumane stand on an issue it’s a clear signal that they’ve actually lost the battle, and are on their way to losing the war.

In a political sense, I’m thinking of the current situation in detention facilities on Manus Island. New Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is promising to maintain Scott Morrison’s “hard-line” against asylum seekers who have resorted to self-harm and protest, methods which are, in reality, their only means of expression, as the Australian government has virtually denied them access to legal process and natural justice.

This hard-line against asylum seekers protesting their fate began in Woomera and Baxter detention centres in 1999, at the instigation of the Howard LNP government. It was maintained by the ALP governments led by Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Sixteen years of both major parties taking a hard-line against waterborne asylum seekers has achieved absolutely nothing any of us can be proud of, and it won’t.

Similarly, the hard-line threatened by the Abbott government against the young unemployed that will see them starving and homeless as they are denied benefits for six months will achieve nothing any of us can be proud of, and will ruin lives for a very long time and likely permanently.

Taking a hard-line is very rarely necessary, and very rarely useful. A hard-line shouldn’t be the default position. Instead negotiation, mediation, conversation, and communication are civilised and humane methods of approaching difficulties. When all else fails, by all means try the hard-line, but to do this first is cruel and inhumane, and shows a lack of intelligence, imagination and skill.

Human beings have a tremendous capacity for good will and understanding. It’s a great shame our leaders don’t value this capacity, and instead believe our strength lies in brutality. It doesn’t. It never has and it never will. ‘All cruelty springs from weakness’, as the philosopher Seneca noted.

If governments and individuals are too weak and cowardly to sit across a table from other human beings in an effort to resolve difference and difficulty, they will inevitably resort to cruelty of one kind or another. Ignoring another human being in need is just as cruel as taking direct and punitive action against him or her. There are countless stories of asylum seekers achieving success and making considerable contributions to Australian society when they are given the opportunity. Instead we destroy them because our governments believe the destruction of human lives and human potential demonstrates political strength and determination.

Peter Dutton may well congratulate himself for emulating Scott Morrison’s abhorrent tactics against those legally seeking asylum in Australia. But emulating a bully is no great achievement. Australian governments have for sixteen years now proved themselves to be capable only of bullying behaviour towards human beings in the greatest distress and need, be they asylum seekers or their own citizens. Cruelty is not a strength. It is the most appalling, base and destructive weakness.

Fact check: Health Minister Peter Dutton misleading on Red Cross Ebola funding No money has been recieved

Peter Dutton misleading on Red Cross Ebola funding

“There’s $18 million… that we’ve provided to try and provide help to services like the Red Cross that are delivering services, delivering support on the ground in Africa,” Mr Dutton told John Laws on 2SM on October 8.

The Australian Red Cross has told Fact Check it has never received any money from the Federal Government specifically earmarked for its Ebola operations and relief effort in West Africa.

The verdict: The Red Cross has not received specific funding from the Federal Government to support its Ebola program in West Africa. The Federal Government has provided $2.5 million to four Australian NGOs: Caritas, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision.