Grattan on Friday: Careful, Mr Dutton, Donald Trump might hear you

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It’s the tiniest start. But the first offshore refugees leaving Papua New Guinea and Nauru for the US this week represented a new life for more than 50 people and a glimmer of hope for others.

So it was a nasty, jarring note when Immigration Minister Peter Dutton marked their departure with a derogatory spray.

Plau 3cDutton, appearing in his regular spot with 2GB’s Ray Hadley was asked about a newspaper photo of departees from PNG, which the shockjock said “looked like a fashion show” with people wearing “designer sunglasses”.

“It demonstrates what you and I have been discussing for a…

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