Monday, May 01, 2006

Only Politically Correct Refugees Allowed: "The Immigration Minister, Amanda Vanstone, has written an extraordinary piece for The Australian newspaper (which unfortunately does not appear to be online). Amazingly, after starting off saying “there needs to be increased understanding of our protection visa obligations,” she then goes on to say that “it is the Government’s strong preference that protection is not offered in Australia to Papuan separatists” – a statement which is a blatant contradiction of the provisions of the Refugee Convention, and therefore of the Migration Act which the Minister is supposed to be overseeing."

The Howard government has adopted Hansonism, which is a revived version of the White Australia policy, because it is seen to be a vote winner. Remember that Hanson attracted one million votes in an earlier election, many of them former conservative voters.

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