Three ministers of the Australian govt were giving a press conference, publicly congratulating themselves on the refugee intake, doubtless, amongst other issues. ScoMo asked the PM how his recent attendance at a conference of Pacific leaders went. Abbott said ok.
The Minister for Immigration, Mr Dutton was then overheard to say: “Time doesn’t mean anything when you’re about to be, you know, have water lapping at your door”.
The PM hurriedly warned him about the mike overhead: “there’a a boom up there”. When a journo tried to extract an explanation from the minister, his response was that it was a private conversation.
The Port Moresby meeting involved Pacific leaders talking about the very real and imminent danger of global warming, oceans rising. Clearly, the conservative govy has a public policy on this issue, but privately believes the same as everyone else, an inconvenient stance that would require very real and urgent action that it is not prepared to take.
I can only hope the constituents who voted Mr Dutton into office reflect their lack of confidence in his behaviour. I personally would expect a minister of parliament to show consistent principles; the other aspect of this issue is that the government recently managed to accuse the opposition of racism for their stance. Here, Mr Dutton’s behaviour shows schaden freude, taking delight in someone else’s pain, with a tinge of patronising.