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Peter Dutton is a former policeman, which is just one reason why he should be held to the highest standards of accuracy in making a claim. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How Dutton comes out of dispute about Manus claim goes to the question of character

Peter Dutton has put his credibility in the frame by sticking to his claim about the role of an incident involving a young boy in triggering the Manus Island disturbance that saw Papua New Guinea defence…
Peter Dutton predicted the first offshore refugees would move to the US in the next couple of months. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Dutton blows Turnbull’s credibility – for now and perhaps for later

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s explicit linking of the arrangements to send Australia’s offshore refugees to the US and to accept some from Costa Rica presents not just an immediate credibility problem…
Australia must think differently about its relationship with the US under Donald Trump. Reuters/Carlos Barria

The tag is cut: how will the Trump-Turnbull spat damage the alliance?

Australian and American leaders over the years have, from time to time, disagreed or said things to cause embarrassment. But, for the most part, such disagreements have been kept out of the limelight.
Nick Xenophon won’t come to a final decision on the government’s refugee bill until he’s had further discussions with the government. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Xenophon tells voters he’s still considering lifetime ban bill

Nick Xenophon has told constituents he is still considering how to vote on the government's bill for a lifetime ban on visiting Australia for anyone sent to Nauru or Manus Island after mid-2013.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been very clear the US arrangement is a one-off deal. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

US deal is a good news story for refugees – here’s why it took so long

The Australian government's refugee deal with the US is the first positive news in three years for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton speak to officials during a tour of the Australian Maritime Border Command centre in Canberra on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

A deal to be welcomed but detail is missing

At long last – a serious deal is in place for the resettlement of refugees from Nauru and Manus. But the details are very sketchy, and the implementation and monitoring will be vital. There is no timeline…
Peter Dutton speaking at a media conference at Parliament House on Wednesday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Refugee resettlement announcement expected within weeks

Peter Dutton’s Wednesday news conference was the predictable rant against Labor, but something else came through. The Immigration Minister is genuinely anxious to get the refugees off Nauru and Manus Island…
Bill Shorten called on the government to reveal the detail of any accompanying arrangements for resettling the Nauru and Manus people. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shorten exploits the missing link in government’s visa ban plan

Shortly after Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton aggressively targeted Labor on Sunday when announcing the government’s latest draconian border deterrent, Turnbull rang Bill Shorten…
A March 21, 2014 photograph of asylum seekers behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia

The government's message to asylum seekers is already clear: you are not welcome, and you will not be resettled in Australia. Surely that message does not need to be any harsher.

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