It’s no surprise that Peter Dutton today placed his personal ambition ahead of his responsibilities to the mega-ministerial role he orchestrated for himself.
Perhaps some politicians lobby for a portfolio that covers immigration, national security, law enforcement, emergency management, transport security and border control because they feel they have much to offer the Australia population in such a wide range of areas. But today it became even clearer than it ever has been that Peter Dutton is not one of those politicians. (Especially when he declined the offer from the Prime Minister to remain in his ministerial role despite his failed bid for party leadership.)
PETER DUTTON CARES ABOUT
- becoming the Prime Minister of Australia
PETER DUTTON DOESN’T CARE ABOUT …
- the 119 children abandoned on Nauru
- the innocent people deteriorating and even dying because of the physical mental toll of indefinite detention
- the lack of proper health services in the offshore prisons he says were to protect people from drowning
- Australia’s obligation and our human responsibility to help those who have been persecuted in their countries of origin
- Australia’s obligation and our human responsibility not to inflict torture (including enforcing refoulement of refugees to the places of their original persecution
Power must be a significant motivator for anyone going into politics as a profession. As the citizens affected by the decisions of politicians, I think we hope that the power to do good for Australians and to address global responsibilities positively is the motivation. BUT TO WHOM IN POLITICS IN AUSTRALIA TODAY CAN WE ATTRIBUTE SUCH ALTRUISTIC AMBITIONS?? Anyone? …
In an effort to take a successful final step up from his mega-ministry to the top job, former Minister Dutton now moves to the back bench to plan his next move. What the man has demonstrated in his words and actions throughout his public life is the evidence we have on which to base suppositions about his attitude to this – and therefore how he’s likely to try and play out his political career. This affects the Australian population significantly. I would suggest that such evidence points to his feeling a degree of satisfaction over the 34 acolytes he garnered so expediently along with an appreciation of the freedom of the backbench to not have to issue platitudes of support for principles and policies he opposes (as per Tony Abbott’s approach to life on the backbench).
SO… the Home Affairs Ministry is free of one politician who has used the portfolio as a tool for his own ambition for power. And Scott Morrison returns as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection along with the additional responsibilities that the Home Affairs Ministry now encompasses. So those that do care about what happens regarding issues of immigration, law enforcement, national security can:
- assume that things will continue as they have been and do nothing or
- approach Minister Morrison with renewed vigour for the values that they believe must be the foundation of Australian society
Nothing is achieved by doing nothing.
Despite the fact that both major parties seem more committed to their internal bickering for their own ends, Australia is still a democracy – an environment in which ‘people power’ has historically led to positive change. Any time or energy spent on demonstrating what is important to Australians is well spent. Particularly when it may provide some support to those who are extremely disadvantaged by cruel government policies.
So NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTACT SCOTT MORRISON.
To inundate him with your information, ideas and questions about how he will deal with the issues that matter to you.
WHAT DO YOU WANT SCOTT MORRISON’S HOME AFFAIRS MINISTRY TO DO DIFFERENTLY FROM THE PREVIOUS REGIME?
WHAT ARE HIS IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR ISSUES LIKE OFFSHORE DETENTION?
… CHILDREN ON NAURU?
… AUSTRALIA’S COMMITMENT TO THE U.N. CONVENTION ON REFUGEES?
… THIS GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE SENATE INQUIRY FINDINGS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT OFFSHORE THAT ARE YET TO BE ACTED UPON?
Email Scott Morrison at Scott.Morrison.MP@aph.gov.au (click on address to bring up blank email automatically) or
Phone Scott Morrison on (02) 6277 7340 or at his Cook Electorate Office in Cronulla at (02) 9523 0339
You can even FAX Scott Morrison on (02) 9523 8959 or
Write to Scott Morrison at PO Box 6022, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Maybe he needs some help in knowing where to start.