What we saw in Federal Parliament last week was extraordinary. Within 12 hours on Thursday, laws to place tougher visa conditions on hardened criminals released from immigration detention by a High Court ruling a week earlier were introduced and passed. Bills rarely move through Parliament this quickly. But reporting by The West Australian revealing that a group of the released detainees were staying at a Perth hotel without any supervision or restrictions, was used by the Coalition to put pressure on the Albanese Government to bring on emergency legislation. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton was in his element — once again fighting on immigration issues, with Labor conceding to his demands, making them look reactionary after clearly not being prepared to deal with the issue. Conditions added include curfews, ankle monitoring bracelets and jail stints for visa breaches. What’s clear now is the politics of the immigration debacle will play out through to the next Federal election. Immigration is safe ground for the Liberal Party because it is traditionally seen as being stronger on national security. And it’s dangerous ground for Labor. Anthony Albanese knows what’s coming. Dutton will paint Labor as softies on immigration policy and say it will flood the country with immigrants — all while we’re dealing with a housing crisis, cost-of-living pressures, and national security concerns. This perception is already growing and may be very harmful to the Prime Minister come the next election.