Nah, Dutton knows what he’s doing.
He’s given up on winning the next election. But he knows that Turnbull would sell his own mother to the Skin-Eating Slime Monsters of the Sewer Dimension to stay as PM. So he pulls out the OH NO SCARY BLACK PEOPLE card, and tells Turnbull it’s all about winning the election (that’s how Howard used to win elections, he’ll have said - just look at the Tampa)
What it’s really about is ensuring that the moderate libs (those few that are left) from Melbourne etc get turfed out at the next election by Melbournians who actually know their town and are ■■■■■■ off at Dutton’s bullshit, while hopefully convincing the One Nation supporters up in Qld that Dutton is on their wavelength and can save them from the aforementioned OH NO SCARY BLACK PEOPLE.
Desired end result - a more conservative parliamentary Lib party will be in opposition after next election. Turnbull’s leadership won’t survive the likely election loss, and Dutts will fancy his leadership chances…