Tag: Peter Dutton

Forget sports rorts and car park malarkey – misuse of public money in Defence is staggering – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Instead of investing in extremely expensive crewed platforms that take decades to design and manufacture and are potentially too valuable to lose, we should be making greater use of uncrewed and autonomous systems. Investing in cybersecurity and countering misinformation are far more relevant national security issues than buying bigger guns. Some say that having a few targeted long-range missiles would be a sufficient deterrent against aggression. It would certainly be cheaper than wasting money on submarines. Personally, I think respect given and earned, co-operation for mutual gain, and help in times of need or crisis, are far better defences than any weapon. The Coalition picked a bad time to cut Foreign Aid, ignore pleas to reduce emissions, and then act all offended when other suitors come calling. We need détente, not Dutton – a man who speaks very loudly and carries a tiny widdle stick.

Source: Forget sports rorts and car park malarkey – misuse of public money in Defence is staggering – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Spud, Godwin’s Law and the Streisand Effect – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Couple this with the government’s efforts to limit class action suits. Disallowing and smothering individuals from uniting in any action against either the government, MPs, or any mega-corporations in the country. Under the Morrison LNP the wealth at the top has seen growth at an accelerated pace while, the middle class diminished, compounding the acceleration of poverty but more so inequality. It’s an example of government abuse and the bullying of its citizens in the only world nation not a signiture to Bill of ( Human ) Rights.

Average Australians could not afford to sue for defamation and any potential costs awarded would be swallowed by legal fees. Rather, the Tories’ ambitions will help the powerful to silence critics or to retaliate should that fail. Spud even had the front to suggest a fund from tax payers be established to cover the legal costs of the pursuit of their adversaries because even rich guys need our money to pay expensive silks to sue us and to intimidate inquisitive journalists. First they came for the ABC. Then they came for journalists and whistle-blowers. Now they’re coming for the tweeters. None of this is meant to imply that Spud is an actual Nazi or a sympathiser of the Stasi, Oprichnina, Geheime Staatspolizei, NKVD, DINA, the Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities or any other secret police organisation or goon squad for any repressive regime whatsoever. His resemblance to a versatile root vegetable is however indisputable.

Source: Spud, Godwin’s Law and the Streisand Effect – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton named new ABC news anchor | The Shovel

Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s portfolio has been extended to including hosting ABC’s seven o’clock bulletin, in a move designed to ensure Australians hear the right news. Mr Dutton – who will take on the role in addition to his existing responsibilities – has extensive media experience and is seen as having a better grasp than his predecessors of the types of stories Australians should hear.

Source: Peter Dutton named new ABC news anchor | The Shovel

Dutton does defence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In his maiden speech, Dutton said “I have seen the sickening behaviour displayed by people who, frankly, barely justify their existence in our sometimes over tolerant society.” Having watched Dutton enhance his personal fortune for twenty years, I have seen nothing to justify his existence in our parliament or the support of his over tolerant constituents and colleagues.

Source: Dutton does defence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian politics: Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are odd housemates, but they’re tied together now

Mutual support, loneliness, convenience or a dose of good old-fashioned paranoia appears to have brought the two closer together. The object of that paranoia is Peter Dutton.

Frydenberg and Morrison are tied together by their apron strings now, but there is no knowing how or when it will end. Related Article Too often Scott Morrison finds himself on the backfoot. Editorial Scott Morrison Morrison’s leadership weaknesses all too clear The Age’s View The Age’s View Editorial In 2018 Frydenberg welched on a deal with best friend Greg Hunt to run for the deputy leadership which he won handsomely. He can be a mongrel when advancement beckons. In the first leadership ballot, enough of Morrison’s “God Squad” voted for Dutton to guarantee Malcolm Turnbull’s destruction. It didn’t stop Morrison throwing his arm around “my Prime Minister” Turnbull in front of cameras to deflect questions about his own ambition.

Source: Australian politics: Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are odd housemates, but they’re tied together now

Reluctant Acceptance: Responding to Afghanistan’s Refugees – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison’s ministers are full of excuses about Australia’s unimpressive effort. Defence minister, Peter Dutton, has constantly reiterated the idea that processing the paperwork is a difficult thing indeed, because some of the visa applicants cannot be trusted. Having aided Australian and other coalition forces in the past, they had proved flexible with shifting allegiances. “I’m not bringing people to Australia that pose a threat to us or that have done us harm in Afghanistan.” With such an attitude, shutting the door to the suffering, even to those who were part of the coalition’s absurd state building project in Afghanistan, will do little to trouble an unformed, unimaginative conscience.

Source: Reluctant Acceptance: Responding to Afghanistan’s Refugees – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Would you punt the house to restore your name?

Defamation threats can stifle robust debate.

Over the years, empty legal threats would rain down like confetti. The largest number came from Peter Dutton, who took a special interest in everything I said about him. The ABC managers developed “Dutton fatigue”. No doubt the relentless pressure was designed to make me cool my jets, to be more cautious in my commentary about the combative ex-policeman from Queensland. At one exasperated stage I told my manager I wanted to start my own proceedings against the minister alleging he defamed me for claiming I was defaming him when plainly I was not. I argued that it was defamatory to accuse a professional broadcaster of defamation for no reason, as the inference was that I was reckless or incompetent, derelict in my obligations to my employer, in breach of the ABC charter and someone the audience could not trust.

Source: Would you punt the house to restore your name?

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton’s idea of making things better is, first make them worse,

One of the greatest challenges for a political commentator in recent years has been keeping track of the Morrison government’s lies and obfuscations. These have escalated considerably in the last couple of weeks, since former media advisor Brittany Higgins revealed she had allegedly been raped in Parliament House by a senior staffer. Since then, ministers, MPs, Senators, their advisors and staffers have devoted an inordinate amount of their taxpayer-funded time to covering their backsides about who knew what and when. According to estimates by the ABC’s 7.30 program last night, there appear to be thirty or more people with knowledge of the so-called “serious incident” in 2019, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison conspicuously excluded from the circle of knowledge. The latest government member to speak up is Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton. Dutton is, among other things, the minister responsible for the Australian Federal Police, as well having once served as a police officer in the Queensland Police sex offenders’ squad. You need this background as context for what comes next.

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If there is one thing you can rely on from our government, it’s inconsistency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few weeks ago, Peter Dutton decided to release dozens of refugees who had been held in Melbourne hotel rooms for more than a year because it was “cheaper for people to be in the community than it is to be at a hotel or for us to be paying for them to be in detention.” What a revelation. Dutton told 2GB radio the released men had been assessed as not being a threat. Which is a turnaround from his fearmongering 2 years ago that the medevac bill, allowing these refugees to receive medical treatment on mainland Australia, would lead to “Alleged murderers, rapists and paedophiles” coming to Australia. Speaking of not being a threat, another court decision will be made today about the ongoing detention of the Biloela family. Priya, Nades, and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika, five, and Tharunicaa, three, were taken from their home in Queensland and moved to Melbourne in March 2018 and have been detained on Christmas Island since August 2019. Department figures provided to the Senate estimates process last month show keeping the family detained has cost $1.4m in the past year.

If there is one thing you can rely on from our government, it’s inconsistency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An Olddog thought- The IR Bill is certainly something to fight AGAINST

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Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

A man arrives at the Honiara Central Markets in the Solomon Islands. The Pacific nation is COVID-19 free.
Who is laughing now Peter Dutton

The first to seal its frontier was the Marshall Islands. Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Palau, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, followed suit. Six months on, most of the world is ravaged by the coronavirus but these island nations remain virus free.

Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

Australia’s trend toward Dutton-style government power

Peter Dutton’s powerful base for exercising and seeking to exercise control over his fellow Australians, appears unchallengeable, writes Bruce Haigh.

Patriotism is defined by the ruling LNP and supported by the Labor Party. China has now been identified as the enemy. It is best to go along with that narrative lest your home is raided, travel restricted and phone tapped.

The Anzac myth is deployed in these times as an appeal to a higher order of nationalism requiring the sacrifice of some liberties and compliance with unpopular directives. Its greatest appeal is on the right of the political spectrum. It has reached its use-by date, but nothing else is on offer.

Australia’s trend toward Dutton-style government power

Afghan interpreter who helped US-led forces faces indefinite detention in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

A US military helicopter lands in Afghanistan. A Hazara interpreter who provided translation assistance to allied forces in Afghanistan and had to flee the country as a refugee, is now facing indefinite detention in Australia.

Dutton is turning out to be Australia’s worst Minister this Century Boomgate, Oper’s Health Minister, Immigration and more (ODT)

via Afghan interpreter who helped US-led forces faces indefinite detention in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

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The Afghanistan War: Australia’s longest running deception

Fighting Fake News with REAL 4/3/20; Why is Deception the core of Conservative Politics? Morrison & Peter Dutton Australia’s Ministers of Incompetence. Fake News a constant at News Corp,

Holocaust denialism and far right on rise in Australia, says Frydenberg | Australia news | The Guardian

treasurer Josh FrydenbergAustralia's home affairs minister Peter Dutton

 Holocaust denialism and far right on rise in Australia, says Frydenberg | Australia news | The Guardian

 

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Peter Dutton’s response to a far-right threat shows how little has changed since Christchurch

Old Dog Thoughts- Murdering the ABC for Murdoch and the IPA, No Cut’s to the ABC was their election promise in 2013

ABC managing director David Anderson.

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The backlash of change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have a Minister in Peter Dutton who seems obsessed with sadistically inflicting pain and suffering. The Biloela family could have stayed at home, contributing to the community while all their matters went through the courts.

Instead, two innocent little girls have been treated so badly that we have almost certainly breached our obligations under the UN Convention on Children, while they have probably been as traumatised for life as have the victims of institutional sex abuse.

And the cost to the taxpayer has been exorbitant – certainly more than enough to settle all the excluded refugees in jobs and contributing to the economy!

Australia – the Lucky Country? – I don’t think so!

Australia – the land of the Fair Go? – Only if you are white and wealthy!

via The backlash of change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mining company gets $20m contract to maintain Christmas Island detention centre that is holding four people | Australia news | The Guardian

The Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre

Peter Dutton’s Asylum Seeker’s Camp Care (ODT)

Mining company gets $20m contract to maintain Christmas Island detention centre that is holding four people | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Incredibly worrying’: legal fight looms around Australia over clampdown on protest | World news | The Guardian

Peter Dutton has described protesters as ‘a scourge’ with the threat of increased penalties and imprisonment in several states

On Monday, the activist group Extinction Rebellion will begin a week of global protests.

In Brisbane, home to the grassroots organisation’s first Australian chapter, activists are preparing to stage protests around the city. At the group’s headquarters in Woolloongabba, a busy training schedule is under way. It is hosting introductory sessions at local libraries planning two large-scale marches, with a litany of other “non-violent disruptive actions”.

Since the group conducted its first action in Australia in April, there have been more than 170 arrests, with penalties ranging from a warning to a $1,500 fine.

‘Incredibly worrying’: legal fight looms around Australia over clampdown on protest | World news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Homeland Australia and the lowest morale in the country under Peter Dutton;

Protesters rally in Melbourne.

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Deported From the Streets of Detroit to Death in Iraq

Death by Trump (ODT)

Before he was deported, Jimmy Aldaoud had never stepped foot in Iraq. Born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents, he immigrated to the United States with his family via a refugee resettlement program 40 years ago, when he was just 15 months old. He considered himself American and knew hardly anything of Iraqi society. Still, on the afternoon of June 4, he found himself wandering the arrivals terminal of Al Najaf International Airport, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, with around $50, some insulin for his diabetes, and the clothes on his back.

via Deported From the Streets of Detroit to Death in Iraq

Spud PM? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The thought of Spud as PM is nauseating but his unhinged, delusional ambition will contribute to the demise of the most appalling government this country has ever experienced. Go Spud – give it another shot!

via Spud PM? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Government Fought For 17 Months To Conceal Inappropriate Questioning Of Gay Asylum Seekers

The Department of Government Secrets (ODT)

Australian Government Fought For 17 Months To Conceal Inappropriate Questioning Of Gay Asylum Seekers

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These Are The “Inappropriate” Questions Asylum-Seekers Were Asked By Australia To Prove They Were Gay

The buck stops with you, Peter Dutton, and these secrets aren’t yours to keep

The buck stops here ... Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

US president Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said “The buck stops here”. Truman understood that elected representatives in executive office are responsible for the decisions governments make and accountable to the people they represent.

via The buck stops with you, Peter Dutton, and these secrets aren’t yours to keep

AFP’s media raids risk eroding business sector’s confidence in Australia, expert warns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Innes Willox

Australia has a habit of shaming itself on the world stage generally at the hands of the LNP. Kevin Andrews did it Tony Abbott made us a laughing stock and now Peter Dutton’s defence of the AFP raids on the Press have convinced the world we too are like Turkey and Bangladesh. (ODT)
Related Story: Labor should ‘think carefully’ about national security laws in wake of AFP raids, MP says
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Related Story: What do the AFP raids mean for journalists and their sources?

Key points:

Australian Industry Group chief says the AFP raids “set back Australia’s reputation internationally”
He is concerned the precedent set by the raids could extend to business
He says the AFP’s reputation has also been damaged

AFP’s media raids risk eroding business sector’s confidence in Australia, expert warns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Kristina Keneally’s appointment as Shadow Home Affairs Minister could make or break her career – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

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“It places a photogenic, high profile, but controversial political figure up against an equally controversial Liberal figure, Peter Dutton, in a portfolio that is fraught with landmines and opportunities for the Labor Party to get some traction.”

via Kristina Keneally’s appointment as Shadow Home Affairs Minister could make or break her career – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The price of not paying attention: Five ministers we cannot afford

Three years is a long time in any democracy. Three years of callous disregard for the vulnerable, the ill and the homeless, for the voiceless First Peoples, for the disabled and the elderly, the unemployed and the underemployed, and those held in detention without trial — some of whom have already attempted suicide this week. Three years is also a long time to spruik religion to a secular society, spit in the face of science and ignore the havoc we are wreaking on our natural world.

Morrison has already wasted $185 million on a stunt purely to stop critically ill asylum seekers (including children) from receiving medical attention. Morrison voted against a banking royal commission 26 times. He believes coal is the answer to our problems. Morrison is a failed Treasurer, who managed to double our debt. And ScoMo campaigned with only one policy: tax cuts.

via The price of not paying attention: Five ministers we cannot afford