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‘It’s game on’: Peter Dutton says a civil war is unfolding in the Labor Party

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says a civil war is unfolding within the Labor Party and a leadership spill will be on after the upcoming by-elections.

Mr Dutton says Shadow Cities Minister Anthony Albanese is trying to “carve himself out” as a point of difference to Labor leader Bill Shorten.

“Anthony Albanese, I think, can see the writing on the wall… that people have really called out Bill Shorten for what he is.

“He’s banking, I think, on a change of leadership after the by-elections,” he tells Ben Fordham.

The Minister’s comments come after Mr Albanese seems to be at odds with his leader over the federal government’s visa crackdown, which as seen migration numbers fall by 10%.

The Opposition leader has criticised the government as being “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to dealing with migration problems.

But Mr Albanese told the Today Show this morning that the Coalition’s move to “ensure more integrity in the system” was a “good thing”.

The Home Affairs Minister is adamant Mr Albanese is “trying to reframe his own position”.

“I think, and most people who observe this space think, it’s game on in the Labor Party.”

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