Certain critical Liberals have been galvanised into reviving the red-hot immigration issue

During a conversation this week with a senior Liberal, referencing the Coalition’s approaching winter of discontent, this was the take on Peter Dutton’s chances of becoming leader of the Liberal party: “He is probably the most unlikely person to lead a major party since Bill Hayden, who happened to be another Queensland policeman.”

If you are too young to remember Hayden, he did in fact lead the Labor party in opposition before being pipped at the post by the hugely popular Bob Hawke, the Australian Council of Trade Unions star recruit, just a few weeks before the 1983 election.

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