Peter Dutton says Labor ‘in a muddle’ on border protection policy
Defence Minister Peter Dutton has taken Labor to task over its border protection policy which plans to abolish temporary protection visas.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese told Ray Hadley on Tuesday that he supports boat turnbacks, offshore processing, and settlement with third countries.
Ray was critical of Mr Albanese’s response, rejecting the claim that Labor would operate Australia’s borders “in the same way that the government does” due to the opposition repeatedly ruling out temporary protection visas.
Shadow Home Affairs Minister Kristina Keneally then defended Labor’s stance and dismissed Ray’s response, claiming he is “dead wrong” because the temporary protection visa was redundant in terms of boat arrivals.
Mr Dutton told Ray Hadley Labor’s policy plans are “In a muddle” and Mr Albanese has “no idea”.
“You can’t say to people that you support Operation Sovereign Borders … when you don’t support each of the pillars,” he said.
“Labor is telling one thing to one audience, and then they go into the next room and speak to the next audience and tell them what they want to hear.
“They’re really in a muddle at the moment.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Dutton and Ray spoke about:
- China’s spying
- Solomon Islands
- Kristina Keneally’s response
Press PLAY below to hear the full interview starting with the response to Labor’s border protection policy