Quote of the Week #4

By Sandra Buol - Editor

“If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it’s a horrific circumstance they face.”

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, 14/3/18

So, Mr Dutton watched TV, saw some reports about the plans of the South African government to legalise the appropriation of farm lands without compensation and the fact that white farmers face grave violence and he then decided that they need special help from a "civilised" country like Australia. According to several newspapers, he advised his new super department to look for options to fast-track possible visa applications via the humanitarian program.
 
Oddly enough, he never felt the same urge to help after watching programs about Syria, about the Rohingya, or any other suffering people whose skin is not as white as his.
 
He added: “We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare. And I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.”
 
His words are clear. Only white refugees are hard-working and willing to integrate to white Australia. Everyone else just wants a ride on the welfare train.
 
This is the man who boycotted the apology to the Stolen Generations, who joked about Pacific Island nations having to face rising sea levels, who wanted CEOs publicly shamed for supporting same-sex marriage, who said that the people from Melbourne were scared to leave their homes because of African gang violence.
 
This is also the man who is now Minister of Home Affairs and as such responsible for for national security, law enforcement, emergency management, border control, immigration, refugees, citizenship, and multicultural affairs – a position of considerable power that is clearly in the wrong hands.

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