Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is staring down fierce criticism from "crazy lefties" as he pushes on with plans to bring white South African farmers into Australia – something Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi strongly supports.
The Advertiser newspaper reports Minister Dutton insists he is unperturbed by "mean cartoons" and negative media coverage.
Mr Dutton caused widespread controversy and diplomatic tensions after arguing last week the "persecuted" farmers needed help from a "civilised country" like Australia.
He wants the farmers fast-tracked through Australia's refugee program.
"It concerns me that people are being persecuted at the moment - that's the reality - the numbers of people dying or being savagely attacked in South Africa is a reality," he said.
Mr Dutton likened the latest backlash to reaction over his comments about a supposed African gang crisis in Melbourne over summer.
"Stick to the facts and you're on safe grounds so all of the criticism over the last week has meant nothing to me," he said.
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