- Farming association president says white South Africans should immigrate
- Tony Seabrook heads the Pastoralists and Graziers Association in WA
- He claims persecuted farmers would offer years of knowledge and skill
- UNHCR in Canberra responded by saying Manus and Naru are more pressing
President of the The Pastoralists and Graziers Association in WA, Tony Seabrook (left), has thrown support behind giving special treatment to persecuted white South African farmers
President of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association in Western Australia, Tony Seabrook, has thrown his support behind giving special treatment to persecuted white South African farmers who want to come to Australia.
Mr Seabrook, who owns a property about 100km east of Perth at York, argued on Wednesday that South African farmers would help fill in the agricultural labour gap and offer years of knowledge and skill.
‘We are desperate for good people and they are farmers with lots of experience who are used to working alone,’ he told The Australian.
‘It is so very difficult for us to get competent people.
‘We rely on backpackers, but many of them can’t speak English and they end up wrecking your gear and hurting themselves.’
In March, Peter Dutton joined calls from other conservative MPs to help South African farmers, saying he was considering a special refugee intake because they deserved help from a ‘civilised country’.
MPs Tony Abbott and Andrew Hastie have lobbied for as many as 10,000 farmers, the publication reported.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Canberra responded by saying their office hadn’t been contacted by South African farmers seeking refuge in Australia and the more pressing issue should be refugees on Manus Island and Naru that have directly requested protection in Australia.
PGA President Tony Seabrook, who owns a property about 100km east of Perth at York, argued on Wednesday that South African farmers would offer years of knowledge and skill (stock image)