The time has come. In just five days, the people of Australia will vote. And the fate of the Minister in charge of one of the most contentious Federal portfolios, will rest with the people of Dickson.
A Minister who has not only reigned over some of the most odious, repugnant and vicious immigration policies Australia has ever seen, but has systematically applied them with heartlessness and cruelty.
A Minister who has applied those policies without a conscience, compassion or even the faintest sense of humanity.
A Minister who, it appears, foolishly forgot that he is only in the position he is; a member of the House of Representatives, because he was elected by the people of Dickson.
And a Minister, who is slowly realising to his horror, that the people of Dickson can vote him out.
That Minister is Peter Dutton.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
The Minister who won’t be ‘blackmailed’ into letting pregnant refugees have access to proper medical treatment – even if they are suffering life-threatening medical complications, or are seeking an abortion after a brutal rape.
The Minister who claims he will keep Australia safe by deporting men who have never been found guilty of any crime; even if they are a decorated soldier, simply because of who their mates may be.
The Minister who mocked Pacific Islanders who are facing the real consequences of climate change.
The Minister who ordered his henchmen to stop and search random people on the streets of Melbourne.
The Minister who has ruled over a regime that supports and covers up the rape and abuse of women and children and the torture of innocent people who have committed no crime in seeking sanctuary in Australia.
The Minister who threatened to jail doctors, teachers and other professionals for speaking out about the abuse suffered by the innocent people held hostage in island prisons by the Government of Australia.
Dutton, as Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, has systematically appealed to the lowest common denominator, resorted to scaremongering, and pedalled outright lies in his attempts to justify his appalling policies. His pitiful claims that ‘illiterate and innumerate refugees would take Australian jobs’ show just the depths he is willing to go to, to incite divide and hate in the community.
And now, in a typical act of petulant whinery, Dutton is accusing ‘bikies’ and ‘union thugs’ of threats and intimidation because a group of disgruntled Queenslanders are protesting directly outside his office in the electorate of Dickson.
The ‘threats’ consist of holding placards encouraging voters to ‘Put the LNP Last’.
It’s easy to understand why Dutton might be so frightened by such a thing.
A coordinated attack on his very elected existence is the one thing that could see an end to his reign of terror.
And an attack involving his self-declared enemy; members of one percent motorcycle clubs, has struck fear into Dutton’s heart.
While Dutton has torn families apart, deprived young children of their parents, stranded long-term residents overseas, completely abrogated responsibility for the deaths, abuse and torture of people under this care, and persistently insisted he is doing so to protect the people of Australia, one of the very minorities he is targeting, is fighting back with democracy.
Grass-roots activism. People power.
Encouraging the voters of Dickson to put the LNP – and Dutton – last.
The terrifying reality of the precariousness of his situation has hit Dutton hard. Begging Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to tell the protesters to stop, Dutton has revealed the extent of his fear.
But it is not just protestors physically standing outside his office that Dutton need be afraid of.
GetUp! Has raised over $190,000 through public donations, to assist in the fight to unseat him.
For the past two years, the fate of thousands of people has rested in Dutton’s hands. But now the tables have turned. Dutton’s fate rests in the hands of the voters of Dickson.
It is time to hit Dutton where it hurts, with the thing he fears the most.