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Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Page: 128

Mr DUTTON (DicksonMinister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) (16:29): My apologies; I thought I was out of time. I'm happy to take the question. There was, as the secretary of the department pointed out, a mistake made in relation to the attribution of that comment. It was inappropriate that the comment was attributed to the department. In my experience I have found the department to be professional on every occasion. They abide by the impartiality you would expect from a Commonwealth government department, and that applies to the secretary down. I recognise the independence and impartiality across the whole portfolio of the approach of the professional officers within the department. The statement, as I say, was wrongly attributed to the department. I've conveyed that to the secretary and, as the shadow minister points out, the secretary's made comments on the record in that regard.