The rule of Dut­ton

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

Ju­lian Burn­side (“A silk terse at a sow’s ear, April 28– May 4) gives such an ad­mirably lu­cid ac­count of the predica­ment into which Aus­tralia has drifted. We have in Peter Dut­ton a min­is­ter who has ac­crued pow­ers in a cal­cu­lated way. The list of ar­eas of govern­ment that he con­trols is fright­en­ing. No sin­gle min­is­ter should ever have so much power. As we are dis­cov­er­ing, there is cor­rup­tion in many Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tions, but the creep­ing au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism in govern­ment cir­cles is the most dan­ger­ous. Dut­ton, a man without em­pa­thy for other peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who do not re­sem­ble him, has tapped into that old fear Aus­tralians have of the dif­fer­ent. Some me­dia out­lets have sup­ported him and nei­ther ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party has at­tempted to ed­u­cate the vot­ers on this is­sue. We can only com­bat this dan­ger by threat­en­ing loss of of­fice to the third-rate govern­ment which tor­ments asy­lum seek­ers and per­se­cutes the poor.

– Gael Bar­rett, Bal­wyn North, Vic

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