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Dutton's contempt for judicial independence and the rule of law

Media Release
Nick McKim 1 Feb 2018

Peter Dutton's latest potshot at the judiciary shows an alarming contempt for the rule of law, Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

"Dutton's suggestion of 'public reflection' is a step towards the direct election of judges - an alarming proposition for someone with as much unchecked power as him."

"Judges and magistrates should be independent experts in the law, not populist politicians."

"This is a dangerous erosion of the rule of law, and Malcolm Turnbull should finally bring his out of control minister to heel."

"To put it bluntly - Dutton hates judges because he is sick of being held to account by our courts for illegally deporting people."

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