The rule of Dutton
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