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…

PNG SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT

This is a decision of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea. Australia was not a party to the legal proceedings. It does not alter Australia’s border protection policies – they remain unchanged. No one who attempts to travel to Australia illegally by boat will settle in Australia. The Government will not allow a return…

SPEERS TONIGHT – SKY NEWS

Subjects: Redcliffe People’s Forum – Shorten, IMA children out of detention, returns to Nauru, third country resettlement. E&EO Journalist: Now Bill Shorten tonight as I mentioned was fairly generous in signalling that Labor may be willing to offer more on a number of fronts, whether it’s child care, whether it’s private health insurance concerns people…

INTERVIEW WITH FRAN KELLY – ABC

Journalist: The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton joins us this morning. Minister, thank you for joining us. Peter Dutton: Thanks Fran. Journalist: The final children were released from Darwin’s Point Wickham Centre on Friday. This is terrific news. Would this have happened if Tony Abbott was still Prime Minister? Peter Dutton: I believe that it would…

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW – BRISBANE

Subjects: Delivering on our commitment – no children in onshore detention; Labor’s failed policies when in government; Bill Shorten’s proposed reforms to negative gearing. E&EO Peter Dutton: It is a very significant day because the Government is very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to get kids out of detention. The Government promised…

INTERVIEW WITH 3AW

Subjects: Delivering on our commitment – no children in onshore detention; Labor’s failed policies when in Government; Syrian refugee intake. E&EO Journalist: Peter, good morning to you. Good news that there’s no kids being held. Peter Dutton: Good morning gents. It’s great news and when I came into this portfolio I said that we wanted…

SPANISH AUTHORITIES IMPOSE PENALTIES AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING OPERATORS

The Australian Government congratulates Spanish authorities for taking action against several Spanish nationals and companies involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Southern Ocean. Two intensive investigations by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Spanish Civil Guard’s Environmental Protection Service have resulted in penalties being imposed in one and…