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The Opposition leader has been slammed by Labor as 'Double Standards Dutton' for quietly taking a trip to India while the Coalition was ripping into Anthony Albanese as 'Airbus Albo' for taking four trips overseas in a month.
Photos obtained by Daily Mail Australia show Mr Dutton in New Delhi between November 1 and 4 for the India Australia Strategic Alliance summit, on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the trip, Mr Dutton dined with billionaire steel magnate Naveen Jindal and wore traditional clothes on visits to temples and while cooking naan with locals.
He also met with other businesses executives and attended a gala dinner.
The trip coincided with Mr Albanese's meeting with President Xi Jingping in China - one of four trips the PM after the unsuccessful Voice referendum - sparking a wave of 'Airbus Albo' criticism from both voters and the Opposition.
Mr Dutton didn't have a crack at Mr Albanese's overseas trips - besides telling him not to go to the APEC summit in San Francisco and instead stay and focus on domestic issues.
These pictures of Mr Dutton in India perhaps show why.
On the trip, Mr Dutton spoke of Australia and India's close ties, of his desire for the two nations to foster a closer and deeper relationship moving forward
In parliament on Wednesday, assistant minister to the prime minister Patrick Gorman said Mr Dutton was joined on the trip by a delegation of 20 which included 'an unlicensed real estate agent, a disgraced Liberal candidate, unregistered migration agents and property developers'.
'I think you have a right to know about who was on his delegation, how are they selected? What did they do? Who footed the bill?' he said.
'And the only person actually promoting the Leader of the Opposition's trip was the Member for Latrobe, Jason Wood.
'He was out there showing on Facebook how great it was to be there with the Opposition Leader. At the same time, he was criticising the Prime Minister for the Prime Minister's travel.'
Mr Gorman told Daily Mail Australia Mr Dutton's India trip was reminiscent of 'secret overseas trips Scott Morrison did'.
The Opposition Leader posed in a traditional bright orange scarf with local women who showed him how to cook naan bread, and flashed a smile with his hands joined in a prayer position in front of an elaborate temple.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton took a whirlwind trip to India last month on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pictured here with fellow Coalition MP Jason Wood (left) and Liberal Councillor for Blacktown Livingston Chettipally (centre)
Elsewhere, he was pictured at two separate functions, dining with billionaire Mr Jindal, who made his fortune operating an iron manufacturing plant and has ties with the India Australia Strategic Alliance, and at a separate gala dinner.
Mr Dutton rounded out the trip with a visit to school children. One picture shows the grinning Liberal leader leaning down to allow a young girl to try on his glasses.
According to Mr Gorman, these lighthearted snaps capturing the softer side of Mr Dutton could be the handiwork of a 'PR firm in India' which was reportedly hired to 'promote' the visit.
'Double standards Dutton isn't usually afraid of hypocrisy - but attacking Ministers travel while in India himself lacks any self awareness,' Mr Gorman said.
He argued the Albanese Government is working to 'restore Australia's position in the world' after almost a decade of the Coalition's rule.
During that time, relations between Australia and some of our allies deteriorated to the point Scott Morrison 'couldn't even get a phone call back' from China and was branded a liar by French President Emmanuel Macron over a botched submarine deal.
Mr Dutton seized upon his opportunity in India to indicate how Australia's foreign policy could look with a Coalition government under new management.
Speaking of Australia and India's already strong ties, Mr Dutton said he'd like to see more frequent military training operations - not only between our two nations, but multilaterally as well.
'This is not a time for appeasement. Whenever we witnessed authoritarian coercion and aggression, it is vital that nations large and small link together to unequivocally condemn such behaviour,' he said.
Speaking directly to the crises in the Middle East and Eastern Europe right now, Mr Dutton said 'democracy is always under