BILL HEADING FOR A BOAT BACKFLIP

Bill Shorten has refused to rule out bringing the Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) in Regional Processing Centres on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia. Mr Shorten is under pressure as a growing number of his MPs repudiate Labor’s policy adopted narrowly at Labor’s national conference just last year. In a further sign that Labor and…

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW, SYDNEY

Subjects: Australian Trusted Trader funding announcement; self-harm incident on Nauru; Nauru & Manus Island Regional Processing Centre; Labor’s split on Border Protection; Tony Abbott’s comments.   E&EO… PETER DUTTON: Thank you for being here this morning.   I’m very pleased to be in Sydney to make an announcement of $70 million for a four year…

LABOR’S SPLIT ON BOATS WIDENS

Labor is clearly split from the top down on border protection policies – a worrying and clear signal that it will change tack if it wins the next election. Any change in the policy will see boats start again as we saw under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Frontbencher and leadership candidate Anthony Albanese’s comments…

AUSTRALIAN FIRST FOR TRUSTED TRADERS

Faster and more streamlined trade for trusted Australian businesses is one step closer, with the Government today announcing almost $70 million for the implementation of the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme. ATT is a partnership between Government and private industry aimed at enhancing trade by improving the international competitiveness of Australian businesses. The Minister for…

PRESS CONFERENCE

Subjects: PNG Supreme Court judgement; self-harm incident on Nauru; returns to Nauru. E&EO… PETER DUTTON:  Well everyone thank you very much for being here today. I wanted to give an update on the Manus Island situation and some advice that I have received off the back of the Supreme Court decision in Papua New Guinea yesterday, but before…

LABOR SPLIT ON BOATS – AGAIN

The deep divide in Labor ranks over border protection policies is now well and truly out in the open with three Labor MPs, including a frontbencher, breaking ranks today and calling for a “re-think”. At the very time Mr Shorten was telling media this morning he would maintain tough border measures, the three MPs were…

INTERVIEW WITH RAY HADLEY, RADIO 2GB/4BC

Subjects: Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, self-harm incident on Nauru, federal election. E&EO… JOURNALIST: Mr Dutton good morning to you. PETER DUTTON: Good morning Ray. JOURNALIST: Just a little bit of history on this. This island detention centre was opened originally by a John Howard Government; I think in 2001 and then was closed in…

STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER O’NEILL

I have seen Prime Minister O’Neill’s media release and agree with his conclusion that Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) role in regional processing and resettlement has stopped many people from losing their lives at sea.  I want to thank Prime Minister O’Neill for PNG’s continued support for this effort. As I have said, and as the…