Everything you need to know about Peter Dutton

Get acquainted with the (controversial) man who could be Australia’s new Prime Minister.

By: Erin Cook

There is some serious shit going down in Canberra right now. A few days ago, we were certain Malcolm Turnbull would be our Prime Minister going into the next election. But now, we're not so sure.

On Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton challenged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a dramatic turn-of-events at a routine party room meeting. He was defeated by 13 votes but that did nothing to extinguish his leadership ambitions.

This morning, Dutton announced via Twitter (where else?) that he will convene a party room meeting to challenge Turnbull once again for the leadership of the Liberal Party and the nation.

So, who is this guy who could soon become Australia's newest Prime Minister? Here, a few things you (and your mates) should know:

1. He's the member for Dickson in Queensland — a position he's held since 2001.

3. Dutton worked as police officer from 1990 to 1999.
He was a detective in the drug squad and sex offender's unit.

4. He just stepped down from the position of Home Affairs Minister.
After Tuesday's failed leadership challenge, Dutton stepped down from his role as Home Affairs Minister. During his time as Minister, Dutton did everything in his power to "stop the boats." As the Courier Mail reports, he once warned Australians that a "single act of compassion" could undo all of his hard work.

5. He was a vocal opponent of marriage equality.
In the lead-up to the same-sex marriage postal survey, Dutton told pro-equality CEOs to "stick to their knitting."

6. In 2008, he boycotted Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation
This one left us scratching our heads. Boycotting then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation? What game was Dutton playing here? How could you justify what happened to the Stolen Generation? The mind boggles.

7. When he was new to Twitter, Dutton made a few questionable statements, including "Prince Philip is definitely my favourite royal" and "KRudds fringe looks like it's been welded on."
We repeat: this man could become our Prime Minister. Here are a few of his wackiest tweets:

K, cool.

8. He was caught joking about climate change by a boom microphone.

At the South Pacific Forum in Port Moresby in 2015, Dutton was caught by a microphone saying: "Time doesn't mean anything when … you're about to have water lapping at your door." Good one.

9. In 2016, he told Sky News, many refugees who come to Australia "won't be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English".

Dutton's comments were in response to the Greens proposal to boost Australia's refugee intake.

10. He once said allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in the 1970s was a "mistake".
As SBS reports, Dutton also accused Lebanese Muslim refugees of driving up the crime rates in Western Sydney. Sorry, what??!

11. Dutton was once the subject of a million memes.
In 2016, Dutton instructed his staff to ask reporters to delete an awkward-looking photo of him.

The journalist did no such thing. Instead, the photo was posted on Twitter and sparked a number of hilarious memes.

Thank god for the internet.

12. At the time of writing, two of the most common Google search terms relating to Peter Dutton are 'Voldemort' and 'potato'.