'No tears' for Peter Dutton - Aussie immigration lawyer

Morning Talk 22/08/2018
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An immigration lawyer, who represents Kiwis threatened with deportation from Australia, is shedding no tears over Peter Dutton’s resignation from Australia’s cabinet.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday survived a tense leadership challenge, but his future in the top job is far from certain.

Mr Turnbull called a snap leadership vote on Tuesday morning that saw dozens of his supporters abandon him for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

I think most Australians think it's a step too far.

Lawyer Greg Barns came to prominence after calling the former Immigration Minister a liar over the detention of a Kiwi teenager a few months ago.

“No, I won’t be shedding any tears for Peter Dutton, but I do fear that Peter Dutton may be Prime Minister of this country before long," he told RadioLIVE's Mark Sainsbury.

“[The resignation] might [give hope to] those who have had their visas revoked by Peter Dutton.

“It brings some hope for those who are currently in Australia’s deportation system.”

Greg Barns says while the tough guy approach to immigration might play well in Mr Dutton’s home state of Queensland, it’s arguable if he has wider support in Australia.

“I think people, when they understand these cases, when they understand how families have been ripped apart, sending, particularly young people back to New Zealand who’ve never lived there, I think most Australians think it’s a step too far,” he said.

Listen to the full interview with Greg Barns above.

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