A Greens senator has likened Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to a neo-Nazi for wanting to bring displaced South African farmers to Australia.
Nick McKim used inflammatory language in parliament to condemn the idea of giving refugee status to white landowners who will be forced off their properties without compensation.
‘They’re adopting an approach to South Africa that’s been lifted from neo-Nazis and white supremacists,’ he said on Monday.
A Greens senator has likened Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to a neo-Nazi for wanting to bring displaced South African farmers to Australia
‘Make no mistake. The yearning for apartheid and the White Australia policy still exists inside the Liberal Party in Australia today.’
The Tasmanian senator’s speech comes three weeks after South Africa’s mainly black lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to confiscate white-owned land without compensation.
The motion was moved by radical Marxist MP Julius Malema, from the Economic Freedom Fighters, who later said he wanted to ‘cut the throat of whiteness’.
Nick McKim used inflammatory language in parliament to condemn the idea of giving refugee status to white landowners who will be forced off their properties without compensation
White elderly farmers have been murdered and brutally assaulted on their land, as South Africa tries to undo the racist, colonial policies of Apartheid.
Immigration and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has called for special humanitarian visas to be given to these farmers.
However, Senator McKim said this idea was racist, even though Australia under Tony Abbott in 2015 agreed to settle 12,000 Syrian refugees.
‘Without a moment’s hesitation, Home Affairs Minister Dutton jumped into the fray, saying that these white farmers needed rescuing by a “civilised country” like Australia,’ he said.
‘Now, in using those words, Minister Dutton is not dog-whistling to racists; he is actually foghorning to racists.
Immigration and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has called for special humanitarian visas to be given to white South African farmers whose land will be seized from them
‘There’s nothing subtle about this racism and this white nationalism, and it is becoming more and more blatant in the Australian Liberal Party every day that passes during which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull does not rebuke and pull his home affairs minister into line.’
South Africa’s constitution is set to be amended after the national parliament in Cape Town voted, 241 to 83, to seize land from white farmers.
The policy had the support of the ruling African National Congress, led by new president Cyril Ramaphosa, but it was opposed by the Opposition Democratic Alliance.
On Monday former prime minister Tony Abbott said there was ‘a very serious situation developing in South Africa’.
‘Something like 400 white farmers have been murdered – brutally murdered over the last 12 months,’ he told Sydney radio station 2GB.
‘Just imagine the reaction here in Australia if a comparable number of farmers had been brutally murdered by squatters intent on driving them off their land … we would say this is a national crisis.’
The motion to evict white farmers was moved by radical Marxist MP Julius Malema, from the Economic Freedom Fighters, who later said he wanted to ‘cut the throat of whiteness’
Last week, Peter Dutton has doubled down on his desire to bring white South African farmers to Australia after drawing an angry reaction from Pretoria.
Mr Dutton believes the farmers deserve ‘special attention’ from a ‘civilised country’ like Australia because they face violence and land seizures.
‘I think in this circumstance we do need to look at the persecution that’s taking place,’ Mr Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.
The South African foreign ministry said the ‘threat’ Mr Dutton referred to did not exist.
‘There is no reason for any government in the world to suspect that a section of South Africans is under danger from their own democratically elected government,’ it said.
‘We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification.’