Immigration Minister Peter Dutton: Just one of the boys

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been caught on tape joking about low-lying islands being swamped by rising seas in a 23-second exchange that risked offending Indigenous people, ethnic community leaders and Australia’s Pacific neighbours in one fell swoop.

In another exhibition of Stumble-bum management, coming hard on the heels of the Border Protection Force fiasco, Peter Dutton has demonstrated his complete unfitness to hold a ministry.

 Peter Dutton must be shaping as one of the most incompetent ministers in the Abbott government
Peter Dutton must be shaping as one of the most incompetent ministers in the Abbott government

There are rumours that a Cabinet reshuffle is likely before the end of the year (strongly denied by Tony Abbott) but after today he must be thinking that appointing Dutton was a mistake.

Abbott may not be ready for a Cabinet reshuffle as he values loyalty above all else  but if the Canning by-election goes badly and he loses the Prime Ministership to Malcolm Turnbull, who is unlikely to suffer fools gladly, Dutton’s head must surely be one of the first roll.

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