Dutton slapdown to bounce back

April 13, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could regret his slapdown of Peter Dutton.

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says he can’t fathom why the Prime Minister did what he did.

The Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt writes:

“The Prime Minister’s first mistake was to reject his Home Affairs Minister’s plan to cut our insane permanent immigration intake of 190,000 people a year by 20,000."

Minister Dutton’s proposed cut of less than ten per cent was well short of the 50 per cent reduction in immigration numbers called for by Senator Bernardi in February last year.

Andrew Bolt continues:

"His second was to deny a report in The Australian on Tuesday saying Dutton had been overruled after discussing this plan with Cabinet colleagues.

His denial at a press conference was almost hysterical. It also seemed dishonest.

“The story on the front page of The Australian today about migration and the Cabinet is completely untrue. It’s false. It’s completely untrue,” he said. Challenged by a reporter, Turnbull responded: “It is completely untrue, it is completely untrue. The article, the claim in the article, is false, full stop. OK? Full stop, it’s false.”

Except the story is true. Other ministers have privately said Dutton discussed his idea with them and Dutton on Wednesday took the remarkable step of contradicting his Prime Minister in public.”

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the minister has been treated badly by the Prime Minister for reasons he can’t understand.

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