For someone who is supposed to be inside the cabinet tent, Peter Dutton gets away with a lot of freelancing. It’s one thing for backbencher Tony Abbott, a former prime minister nursing a damaged ego, to set himself up as an alternative leader. There’s nothing anyone can do about that.
While the home affairs minister isn’t as brazen, he does have a tendency to make things difficult for his colleagues — not quite contradicting government policy but adding bits on, inserting inflammatory statements, creating headlines. And he does it with impunity.