Peter Dutton

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Dutton representing Australia at the 2018 Sub-Regional Meeting on Counter Terrorism in Indonesia

Peter Dutton (born 18 November 1970) is a high profile minister in the Australian government, and was a candidate for Prime Minister in 2018.

  • Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC, and on The Guardian, Huffington Post, can express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it. They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me.
    • Interview on 2GB radio, 22/03/2018
  • If there is a particular problem that people can point to within a certain community, and we’re talking about a significant number of people in that community who are doing the wrong thing, then clearly mistakes have been made in the past. The reality is that Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in in the 1970s and we’re seeing that today. We need to be honest in having that discussion.
    • The Bolt Report, 18/11/2016.
    • In response to whether the Lebanese and Sudanese migration to Australia was a mistake
  • Time doesn't mean anything when you're about to have water lapping at your door.
    • ABC News, 11/09/2015
    • Comments about the Pacific islands, and their impending doom due to climate change. Caught on a hot microphone before a press conference.
  • They won't be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English. These people would be taking Australian jobs, there's no question about that. For many of them that would be unemployed, they would languish in unemployment queues and on Medicare and the rest of it so there would be huge cost and there's no sense in sugar-coating that, that's the scenario.
  • The reality is Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in the 1970s and we're seeing that today. We need to be honest in having that discussion. There was a mistake made. Lessons from past migrant programs should be learnt for people settling in Australia today.
  • I didn’t appreciate the symbolism of it, and the importance to Indigenous people.
    • Sydney Morning Herald, May 2018
    • On boycotting the apology to the Stolen Generation
  • Somebody once said to me that the world’s biggest collection of Armani jeans and handbags up on Nauru waiting for people to collect when they depart.
    • Interview on 2GB September 2017
  • The reality is people (in Melbourne) are scared to go out at restaurants of a night time because they’re followed home by these gangs, home invasions, and cars are stolen and we just need to call it for what it is. Of course, it is African gang violence.
    • Interview on 2GB, January 2018
  • I do think on the information that I’ve seen, people do need help, and they need help from a civilized country like ours.
    • The Daily Telegraph, March 2018
    • Comments about why Australia should help South African farmers
  • New Zealand don’t contribute really anything to the defense effort that we’ve got where we’re trying to surveil boats that might be on their way to New Zealand, so I hope that (NZ Justice Minister) Andrew Little reflects a little more on the relationship between Australia and New Zealand where we do a lot of the heavy lifting.
    • The Australian, July 2018
  • It’s going to mean that people who need medical services in Australia are going to be displaced from those services. Because if you bring hundreds and hundreds of people from Nauru and Manus down to our country, they are going to go into the health network, I don’t want to see Australians who are in waiting lines in public hospitals kicked off those waiting lines because people off Nauru and Manus are now going to access those health services.
  • I’m hardly going to take morals lectures from the extreme left, who frankly are just as bad in this circumstance as people like Fraser Anning, they should equally be condemned.
  • The spotlight is given to people like Fraser Anning or like this senator [Faruqi]. The comments she’s made and the desire to extract some sort of political advantage or attention seeking out of this circumstance, I think is appalling.
    • Drawing an equivalence between the comments of Senator Anning, who defended the Christchurch massacre and Senator Faruqi who condemned the government's rhetoric on the subject.
    • Radio National, 18 March 2019
  • Some people are trying it on. Let’s be serious about this. There are people who have claimed that they’ve been raped and came to Australia to seek an abortion because they couldn’t get an abortion on Nauru. They arrived in Australia and then decided they were not going to have an abortion. They have the baby here and the moment they step off the plane their lawyers lodge papers in the federal court which injuncts us from sending them back.
    • Sky News, 20 June 2019
  • I believe very strongly that most Australians and certainly the vast majority of veterans would want us to abolish this law.
    • Unfounded claim that the majority of Australian's want to repeal the medivac laws.
    • 2GB, 17 October 2019
  • The matter has been to the high court. These people came by boat. It's been made clear to them at every turn that they were not going to stay in Australia and they still had children. We see that overseas in other countries, anchor babies so-called: the emotion of trying to leverage a migration outcome based on the children.
    • Ray Hadley show, 2GB, 12 September 2019

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