- Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has refused to back down from his statement about helping white South African farmers
- Dutton labelled his critics as ‘crazy lefties’ in a radio interview
- He said he wanted to encourage people who could contribute to come to Australia and build a life for themselves
Australia’s controversial home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, is at it yet again. Dutton has refused to back down from his statement about helping white South African farmers by fast-tracking their visa applications or possibly providing them with refugee status.
In a radio interview Dutton labelled his critics as ‘crazy lefties’ he added that those who opposed his proposal were dead to him.
“Some of the crazy lefties – Huffington Post, ABC – they can draw mean cartoons as much as they like. They don’t realise how dead they are to me. I want people coming here who can settle here. All this criticism means nothing to me. We want to help people who can come to Australia and contribute. If people think I’m going cower or take a backwards step because of their fake news criticism, they’ve got another thing coming,” he said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the issue has provided divisive in Australia, while his own party has expressed tentative support for the proposal its leader noted that things would have to significantly deteriorate in South Africa for Australia to grant refugee status to South Africans.
Dutton has built quite a reputation in South Africa and earned the ire of the department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco), which issued a demarche against him and demanded he retracts his statement.
Officials at Dirco insist Dutton is spreading false information about land expropriation without compensation and echoed President Ramaphosa’s sentiments that the policy would not be implemented irresponsibly.
Australia has in the past come under fire for ignoring human rights abuses around the world and as such Dutton’s comments have been described as hypocritical.
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