Yesterday, as Peter Dutton fronted the media to provide an update on the health of an asylum seeker who set herself on fire on Nauru, he showed his usual compassion and understanding of nuance, as befits a senior minister responsible for the lives of some of the most desperate people on Earth.

The press conference was just before the budget lockup, wherein journalists would learn many of Australia’s onshore detention centres would be closed with no plan forthcoming as to how to handle the humanitarian disaster our asylum seeker processing has become.

Fairfax photographer Alex Ellinghausen snapped a photo of the Immigration Minister that speaks to the content of Dutton’s character. And Dutton’s people demanded that Fairfax delete it.

Good to know he has his priorities straight.

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey