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Dutton and the White Australia Policy

In 1973 the Whitlam Government passed laws to ensure that race would be totally disregarded as a component for immigration to Australia. Thus it could be argued that the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, is in contravention of that legislation.

A few days ago, Mr Dutton said white South African farmers ‘deserve special attention’ and ‘need help from a civilised country like ours’ because of the farmers face deprivation of their land. He added that the Home Affairs department was working with partners in the region, with an announcement likely to be forthcoming soon.

Also a few days ago a dark-skinned Tamil asylum-seeking couple with two Australian born children were arrested at dawn by the Department of Home Affairs and were locked up awaiting deportation despite having received assurances of renewed visas. This is in spite of the fact that many Sri Lankan Tamils also face land deprivation as do the Rohingyan farmers of Myanmar and indeed untold numbers of dispossessed Rohingya people who now in live in makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh.

So what separates these groups? Could it be the colour of their skin?

Meanwhile the South African government has stated that the ‘threat does not exist. There is no reason for any government in the world to suspect that a section of South Africans is under danger from their own democratically elected government’.

The Greens have come out staunchly opposed to Minister Dutton’s proposal but where is the Labor party?

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