Australia: Lawyers representing asylum seekers are ‘un-Australian’: Peter Dutton

August 28, 2017

Refugees at the Manus Island regional processing centre protesting earlier this month.

Lawyers representing asylum seekers trying to stay in the country are “un-Australian”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has declared.

Mr Dutton said the government had been frustrated by its constitutional responsibilities to asylum seekers, and lashed out at lawyers acting on behalf of those in detention.

“These lawyers have been playing the game with these people who are willing participants and we’re a generous nation, but we’re not going to be taken for a ride,” he told Alan Jones on 2GB radio on Monday.

On Sunday, Fairfax Media revealed the Turnbull government planned to end income support for up to 100 Australian-based asylum seekers and give them just three weeks to find a home, a move Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s “weakest move yet”.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lawyers-representing-asylum-seekers-are-unaustralian-peter-dutton-20170827-gy5ci7.html

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/28/extraordinary-attack-lawyers-angry-peter-duttons-un-australian-remark

https://alhr.org.au/lawyers-reject-duttons-attack-australian-values/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/asylum-lawyers-unaustralian-dutton/news-story/65264c4a29f24ce4891e9cbaf1039c0f

https://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/news/minister-seeks-to-evade-the-law-by-criticising-refugee-advocates

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/30/dutton-should-learn-to-live-with-lawyers-helping-in-matters-of-life-and-death?CMP=soc_567

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/workplace-intimidation-silences-lawyers-critical-of-samesex-marriage/news-story/6306836903cda613f571a175bc14b024?nk=6cccc47fd3d3cc1e185c148a8064a2da-1504107760

https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/business-law/lawyers-who-defend-asylum-seekers-are-not-un-australian

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/21785-lawyers-criticise-dutton-s-total-disregard-for-aussie-values?utm_source=Lawyers+Weekly&utm_campaign=01_09_17&utm_medium=email&utm_content=4

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