Peter Dutton apologises for 'water lapping at your door' jibe | Australia newsAustralia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has apologised for joking about the plight of Pacific island nations facing rising seas from climate change. Dutton was overheard making a quip about “water lapping at your door” in Port Moresby to the prime minister, Tony Abbott, on Friday, comments that offended Pacific island leaders. “I made a mistake, I apologise to anyone who has taken offence. It was a light hearted discussion with the PM and I did not mean any offence to anyone,” Mr Dutton told Sky News. Earlier the prime minister, Tony Abbott, dodged questions about his leadership and criticism of an insensitive joke made by government frontbencher, saying both issues were “not about me”. Abbott, in Western Australia to campaign for the Canning byelection – a poll which according to the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, could see a challenge to Abbott’s leadership if the swing away from the government is big enough. With AAP
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