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June 14, 2017

Peter Dutton is a tick-and-flick Minister who fails to be across the detail of his portfolio and constantly seeks to blame others for his own failures.

While Labor won’t comment on the legal proceedings before the Supreme Court of Victoria, it’s clear Peter Dutton has performed incompetently as Immigration Minister.

Asylum seekers have languished in detention for four years since the Abbott-Turnbull Government came to power in 2013, with Peter Dutton as the Immigration Minister since December 2014.

Manus Island and Nauru were set up as regional transit processing facilities but have become places of indefinite detention because of the inaction of the Abbott-Turnbull Government and their failure to find other third country resettlement arrangements.

Labor strongly supports the US refugee resettlement agreement, but the Turnbull Government has put all its eggs in one basket and confirmed they are no longer seeking other third country resettlement arrangements.

There are potentially hundreds of genuine refugees who will miss out on the opportunity to be resettled in the United States and could be left to languish in Regional Processing Centres as a result of Peter Dutton’s inaction.

Peter Dutton’s management of offshore processing arrangements has been woefully incompetent and resulted in Labor initiating a Senate Inquiry after he failed to act on serious allegations of harm, abuse and mistreatment of asylum seekers outlined in the Nauru Files.

It beggars belief that Peter Dutton is yet again seeking to blame Labor for his own inability to manage his department and simply just do his job.

An Australian National Audit Office report recently found that on the consolidation of contracts in Nauru and on Manus Island in 2013-14, under the Coalition Government, the department spent over $1 billion without appropriate authorisation and had no ability to demonstrate appropriate risk management or even deliver the Australian public value for money.

It’s time for Peter Dutton to stop blaming everyone else for his own failures as Immigration Minister. He needs to concentrate on his current job rather than any future job he aspires to achieve.

He may fancy himself a future Prime Minister but he can’t even do the job he’s got now.