Peter Dutton; Whitewashed!

The Wikipedia entry for Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, has undergone major changes in the past 12 months.

Here is what was on Wikipedia on 15 November 2015:-

Political career

Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, defeating Labor’s Cheryl Kernot.

After the 2004 federal election Dutton was appointed to the ministry. He was Minister for Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2006. In January 2006 he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. Dutton successfully retained Dickson in the 2007 federal election with a majority of 0.26%, after an 8.76% swing to his rival Fiona McNamara.

In 2008, when new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations, Dutton was the only coalition front bencher to abstain.[6]

In 2009, a proposal was made under the Commonwealth Electoral Act to alter Dutton’s electorate of Dickson. The alteration may have had the effect of making the seat less secure for the Liberal Party. Wary of losing his place in the House of Representatives, Dutton sought endorsement for the safe Liberal seat of McPherson. Despite the support of Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull, the retiring member for McPherson Margaret May, and several other party luminaries including former Prime Minister John Howard,[7] Dutton was defeated by rival candidate Karen Andrews.[8] The final redistribution cemented the erosion of the Liberal Party’s position in Dickson, albeit less adversely than originally proposed.[9] With no better option available to him, Dutton opted to recontest Dickson at the next election.[10]

Dutton contested and won Dickson at the 2010 federal election, achieving a swing of 5.45% to easily overcome the 2009 redistribution. This resulted in a two-party-preferred vote of 54.69% as of 23 August 2010. Following the 2010 election, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Minister in the Abbott/Turnbull Governments

Dutton retained his seat at the 2013 election, and now sits on a margin of 6.7%. He was appointed to the Ministry by Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and served as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

Dutton attempted to introduce a GP copayment of $7, but this proved highly unpopular with both the public and the medical profession, and the plan was dropped. Dutton was overwhelmingly ranked as the worst health minister in 35 years according to a poll run by Australian Doctor magazine.[11]

On 23 December 2014, Dutton was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[12]

On 11 September 2015, Dutton was overheard on an open microphone, prior to a community meeting on Syrian refugees, joking about the plight of Pacific Island nations facing rising seas from climate change.[13]

Dutton cancelled pro-life advocate Troy Newman‘s visa in 2015 leading to controversy as Newman’s allegation of being for killing abortion doctors has not been proven. Newman in fact was saying abortion doctors should be tried as murderers.[14] [1]

Nauru spying controversy

On 5 June 2015 Dutton categorically denied claims made by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young that she was spied on during a visit to Nauru. At the same time he called into question her credibility and track record “when it comes to facts”[15] The spying claims were later confirmed by the Immigration Department and Wilson Security who carried out the spying operation.

Here is what is there now:-

Political career

Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, defeating Labor’s Cheryl Kernot.

After the 2004 federal election Dutton was appointed to the ministry. He was Minister for Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2006. In January 2006 he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. Dutton successfully retained Dickson in the 2007 federal election.

Following the 2007 election, Dutton was promoted by Brendan Nelson to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation.[8]

Dutton was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing by Malcolm Turnbull in September 2008, a position he retained when Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader.[9]

In June 2010, Dutton released the Coalition’s mental health policy, The Coalition’s Real Action Plan for Better Mental Health. It was described by leading mental health experts as “a game changer” and “the most significant announcement by any political party in relation to a targeted, evidence-based investment in mental health”.[10]

Dutton contested and won Dickson at the 2010 federal election, achieving a swing of 5.45% to easily overcome a 2009 redistribution. This resulted in a two-party-preferred vote of 54.69% as of 23 August 2010. Following the 2010 election, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

In the lead up to the 2013 election, Dutton announced a range Coalition policies, including to restore integrity and independence to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; increase the threshold of Cabinet consideration for the lisitng of medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – allowing the Health Minister to list drugs costing less than $20 million a year over the first four years; expedite the roll-out of biennial bowel cancer screening for people aged 50 to 74 years; provide funding certainty and streamline administrative processes for medical research; provide $35 million for research into Type 1 diabetes through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Clinical Trial Network; provide $40 million for additional medical internships in private hospitals and non-traditional settings; and provide investment into general practice by doubling the Practice Incentive Payment for teaching and 175 grants to support capital expansion of existing rural and regional general practices.

Dutton’s election commitments were strongly endorsed by key health stakeholders. The Cancer Council said that “Mr Dutton’s promise to finalise the bowel cancer screening program by 2020 would save an additional 35,000 lives over the next 40 years.”[11]

The Australian Medical Association said “the Coalition has delivered a strong package of practical, affordable health policies that would strengthen general practice.”[12]

Medicines Australia “welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to restore transparency, predictability and confidence to the process by which medicines are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme”.[13]

Minister in the Abbott/Turnbull Governments

Dutton retained his seat at the 2013 election. He was appointed to the Ministry by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and served as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

As Health Minister, Dutton announced the world-leading $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund. As announced, the capital and any ongoing capital gains of the Medical Research Future Fund will be preserved in perpetuity.

Under Minister Dutton, projected funding in the health portfolio increased in the 2014-15 Budget to $66.9 billion, an increase of 7.5 percent from $62.2 billion in 2012-13, the final full year of the Labor Government. Projected expenditure on Medicare increased over 9.5 percent from $18.5 billion in 2012-13 under Labor to a projected $20.32 billion in 2014-15 under Dutton.[14] [15] Funding for public hospital services increased by nearly 14 percent under Dutton in the 2014-15 Budget to a projected $15.12 billion compared to $13.28 billion in the last full year of the Labor Government in 2012-13.

On 23 December 2014, Dutton was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[16]

The Migration Act 1958 gives the minister the power to impose a character test on people requesting visas to enter Australia.[17] In 2015, Dutton cancelled the visa of anti-abortion activist Troy Newman, over remarks in his 2000 book Their Blood Cries Out.[18][19]

Determined sanitisation like this can only be for a reason.

With Malcolm Turnbull failing so obviously, the Potato is positioning himself for a challenge.

And rewriting history as he does so!

For a complete, real, unexpurgated history of Peter Dutton check this link!

 

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