Liberal MPs are calling on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to relax visa rules and accept a special humanitarian intake of up to 10,000 South African farmers, saying the Federal Government should do “whatever is required” to help them settle in Australia.
Australian Conservatives founder and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi last month joined calls to welcome persecuted South African farmers into Australia as part of a the humanitarian migrant intake.
The West Australian newspaper reports more than 2000 members of the South African community rallied in Perth at the weekend to protest against what they claim is akin to “black apartheid” under the rule of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, WA MPs Andrew Hastie and Ian Goodenough are leading an internal push for the Government to do more to support the farmers.
Mr Dutton is being urged to establish a special humanitarian intake, similar to the 12,000 additional places created for Syrian refugees under the Abbott government in 2015, and to relax age restrictions for migrants aged over 45 wanting to apply under the skilled migration program.
(Picture: The rally in Forest Place, Perth. Picture: Sean Middleton courtesy of The Australian newspaper)
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