After spending 9 years as a Queensland copper, Peter Dutton was elected to Federal parliament at the age of 30 and he has been bumbling around pissing people off ever since.
He refused to attend the apology to the Stolen Generations, saying he “regarded it as something which was not going to deliver tangible outcomes to kids who are being raped and tortured in communities in the 21st century.”
He also refuses to support an Indigenous Voice to parliament, erroneously characterising it as a Third Chamber.
He had to apologise after being caught on camera making a joke with Tony Abbott about rising sea levels threatening low-lying Pacific Islands.
Another apology was required for calling journalist Samantha Maiden a “mad f***ing witch” in a text message that he meant to send to disgraced colleague Jamie Briggs but accidentally sent to Maiden.
P Duddy has a particular penchant for white Christians.
He once said allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in the 1970s was a “mistake” accusing them of being responsible for higher crime rates in Western Sydney.
In 2018, he said Melburnians were “scared to go out to restaurants” because of ‘African gang’ violence.
Dutton really annoyed the South African government when he wanted to offer special visas to “persecuted” white South African farmers who “need help from a civilised country like ours.”
Speaking of persecution, Dutton’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers has been particularly cruel.
In response to a Greens proposal to boost Australia’s refugee intake, he once said “illiterate and innumerate” asylum seekers would take local jobs or languish on the dole.
So bad has the treatment of refugees been, the government settled a class action by Manus Island detainees for $70 million rather than let the matter go to trial where the court would have heard evidence from detainees detailing deaths inside the detention centre, allegations of systemic sexual and physical abuse, and allegations of inadequate medical treatment leading to injury and death – all of which had been routinely dismissed by Dutton as “false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia”.
As Health Minister, Dutton was voted the worst ever by doctors.
As Home Affairs Minister, there were countless scathing reports about poor outcomes, poor administration, poor morale, poor oversight and poor leadership.
Even his colleagues didn’t want him as their leader when he staged his failed coup.
So, in this time of heightened global tension where diplomacy and cultural awareness and building relationships is so important, what does ScoMo do?
Gives this moron Defence just to keep him happy.
And what does P Duddy do?
Pisses off the French and Chinese by changing his mind about subs, throwing a whole workforce into unemployment, endangering free trade negotiations with Europe, poking our largest export market, and scaring the whole region that we are escalating an arms race. And, just to underline how inept this government is, no-one thought to mention it to the French.
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.
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