Put bluntly, Home Affairs has been a nest of trouble

Michelle Grattan
Updated February 23 2024 - 4:22pm, first published 11:04am

The arrival of a boat on the coast of north-western Australia last week predictably set off an opposition political feeding frenzy. Peter Dutton was quick to claim the Albanese government had "lost control" of the border.

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Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan is a press gallery journalist and former editor of The Canberra Times. She is a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra and writes for The Conversation, where her columns also appear.