Federal Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton speaks at a press conference in Canberra, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. All three conducted national consultations on citizenship for the Federal Government.
Federal Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton speaks at a press conference in Canberra, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. All three conducted national consultations on citizenship for the Federal Government. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Minister’s office ignored controversial release

NO ONE in the Immigration Minister's office read the controversial Border Force press release that led to massive protests in Melbourne on Friday.

News Corp on Sunday reported Minister Peter Dutton's office was sent a copy but because it was considered "routine", it was not read.

A spokesperson said Mr Dutton was never informed.

Victoria Police cancelled a planned joint agency operation on Friday at the last minute following an Australian Border Force statement that said it would be checking visas on the streets.

The statement led to protests locking down the centre of Melbourne on Friday afternoon.

However, Mr Dutton's office told News Corp the information it received suggested the operation was low level and the media release was not reviewed or cleared.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has insisted the operation would not have seen the ABF performing visa checks on the streets.

- APN NEWSDESK



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