Newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been one of the most media-friendly politicians in Australia over the yuletide period. Primarily, he has taken advantage of moral panic -- over claims that "African gangs" are terrorising the streets of Melbourne -- to decry the Victorian state government's "politically correct," "go soft" message to its police force.

However, Crikey understands there have been issues under Dutton's watch that are conspicuously absent from Dutton and Border Force's public proclamations.