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Peter Dutton has manipulated the truth so much, how can Australians trust him?

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25.06.2019

The beauty of fables is that even though they are incredibly old, many of their lessons still hold true today.

None more so than Aesop’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf, written in 600BC.

I remember hearing this story as a child, and especially how awful the Shepherd Boy must have felt when he realised the consequences of crying wolf too many times.

Aesop was right then, and he’s still right now.

What worries me deeply is the frequency and ferocity with which home affairs minister Peter Dutton has been caught crying wolf.

This is a man who holds one of the most powerful positions in Scott Morrison’s cabinet.

What’s more, Dutton has a key leadership role when it comes to keeping our nation safe and is responsible for a department with more than 23,000 public servants across multiple security, intelligence and immigration and border protection agencies.

But how can Australians believe a minister who routinely manipulates, misrepresents and mischaracterises the truth for political gain as Peter Dutton does?

Take the current debate on medevac, for example.

Since the medevac laws were enacted, only two patients have been transferred to Australia without the approval of Dutton or the immigration minister David Coleman. The ministers didn’t reject these two on security or character concerns, but on medical grounds.

These two individuals were only transferred to........

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