Curiously, The Former Border Force Head Also Has A Memento To The Stopped Boats
Scott Morrison's tribute to "stopping the boats" which sits in his office is not the only one floating around, and ten daily understands there may be several.
The model migrant boat with the words 'I Stopped These' -- first reported by the New York Times, and later confirmed by an AAP photographer -- sits in Morrison's office, which he later claimed was simply a "kind gift from a friend".
"A mate of mine, a constituent actually, made that for me when I left the immigration portfolio many years ago," he told Miranda Devine Live.
"It was a kind gift from a friend. I don't resile from it, we did stop the boats. Maybe (former Labor immigration minister) Chris Bowen has one on his desk that says 'I didn't stop these'."
On Friday, the former head of the Australian Border Force revealed that he, too, had one of these tributes.
Roman Quaedvlieg tweeted a photo of his own "gift", which has two small changes to Morrison's: first, the inscription reads 'We Stopped These' instead of 'I Stopped These', and second, it appears to have Morrison's signature on the back, along with the message, "thank you".
The signature appears to match Morrison's signature, as seen here on the Prime Minister's own website.
It raises questions as to where these 'trophies' came from.
Ten daily understands that it was, in fact, a gift from Morrison himself, and that others may have been handed out.
"My gift wasn't on display because I didn't want my officers seeing their risky work diminished to a gimmick," Quaedvlieg tweeted.
The relationship seems between Quaedvlieg and Morrison seems to have soured over the years, with Morrison backing his Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton in the public feud between the two men.
Under the cover of parliamentary privilege, Dutton made the explosive claim Pelast week that Quaedvlieg "groomed" his young girlfriend, in response to Labor's questioning over Dutton's conduct.
Quaedvlieg demanded the comment be withdrawn, saying it was an accusation of a criminal sexual offence.
"Grooming? Are you serious?" he tweeted. "That has a legislative meaning. Is that what he meant?"
Morrison refuted Quaedvlieg claims that Dutton was making a serious allegation.
"He has not done that. No, he has not done that. He has not done that at all," he said.
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