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The bitter exchange has raised the au pair affair, already difficult for Dutton and the Morrison government, to a new level. Dave Hunt/AAP

Dutton and former Border Force chief trade accusations in au pair affair

A Senate committee is inquiring into Dutton's use of his ministerial discretion over visas. He overrode advice from officials when he granted visas to two au pairs who had been detained.
An asylum-seeker saying he’s from Eritrea is confronted by an RCMP officer as he crosses the border into Canada from the United States on Aug. 21 near Champlain, N.Y. Canadians have false beliefs about the so-called migration crisis, and politicians are capitalizing on it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canadian politicians are playing a dangerous game on migration

Canada's opposition Conservatives are borrowing from European populists in stoking fears about asylum-seekers and migrants. Here's why that's so dangerous.
During his time as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton granted tourist visas to four foreign au pairs who were denied entry at the Australian border and detained, awaiting deportation. AAP/Lukas Coch

Peter Dutton’s decisions on the au pairs are legal - but there are other considerations

Australia's Migration Act allows for ministerial discretion in cases such as the controversial granting of tourist visas to four au pairs - but there remain questions around responsible government.
Dutton told 2GB on Thursday he had made a judgement based on the case’s merit, not his knowledge of the person who had referred it.

Leaks target Peter Dutton over decisions on au pairs

A whistleblower has leaked to Labor an email trail of correspondence showing how Dutton rejected advice from Australian Border Force, granting a visa in 2015 to French au pair Alexandra Deuwel.
The Walk Together marches across Australia in 2015 showed how welcoming regional communities are to refugees. Richard Milnes/AAP

Refugees are integrating just fine in regional Australia

New research shows that refugees in regional Queensland have found it very easy to make friends and feel safe and comfortable raising children in their communities.
In his last speech in his position, released ahead of its delivery to the Whitlam Institute on Monday night, Soutphommasane says that “race politics is back”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Soutphommasane says sections of media exploit racism to make money

Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has accused sections of the media of the “monetisation of racism” to hold on to their audiences.

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