Labor has stooped to a new low in attacking the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Mr Mike Pezzullo for his considered and robust defence of his Department and staff over recent unjustifiable and unsustainable comparisons of immigration detention centres to "gulags" and "places of torture".
Richard Marles either fails to understand the Secretary's statements or he is deliberately misinterpreting them for base political motives.
Mr Marles rightfully condemned those who seek to make these comparisons of immigration detention with Nazi Germany.
But he then sought to twist some of Mr Pezzullo's remarks and brand them as "deeply offensive".
Mr Pezzullo is a senior public servant of long standing heading a department whose staff act professionally in difficult and demanding roles that daily become more important to Australia in a challenging world environment.
Any suggestion that Mr Pezzullo deliberately sought to deny or qualify the crimes of the Nazi era is patently ludicrous.
Yet Mr Marles seeks to join the rabid voices of twitter and sections of the media and do just that. This is a disgraceful low for the Labor Party and Mr Marles for which he should stand condemned.
As a political party Labor, and its spokesman, lack any policy credibility in the area of border protection.
Last year Labor and Mr Marles had to acknowledge and apologise for their past polices which led to the death of more than 1200 men, women and children at sea.
Today Mr Marles should apologise to the Secretary and staff of Department of Immigration and the Australian Border Force for impugning their integrity.