As time goes on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton shows he is really out of depth in the portfolio. An immigration minister needs to be tough but also compassionate – a trait Dutton does not show. Instead, Dutton would rather demonise certain ethnic groups for his own political gain – in the same vain as Pauline Hanson.
Last week, Dutton told Sky News that Malcolm Fraser’s government in the late 1970s and early 1980s made mistakes in bringing in some ethnic groups, the effect of which we are seeing today. In parliament today, the opposition pressed Dutton on his comments and he singled out those of Lebanese-Muslim background.
“The advice I have is that out of the last 33 people who have been charged with terrorist-related offences in this country, 22 of those people are from second and third generation Lebanese-Muslim background,” Dutton told parliament zovirax 800 mg.
So Dutton is saying that a small number of people born in Australia to Lebanese-Muslim parents are going to fight with Islamic extremists. The very people who were bought up in our country. Why the do they choose to fight? Is it because they feel some bond to their brethren abroad or were they demonised growing up in Australia?
Dutton’s comments will serve to inflame tensions amongst Lebanese-Muslims and other ethnic groups in Australia as others will see them as being dangerous and possible terrorists. Dutton is too thick to see the harm his words may cause and just shoots his mouth of in the hope for short-term political gain.
This latest brain frat must be taken in the context of the minster claiming in May that many refugees wouldn’t be literate in their home country and would be a drain on the welfare system. This shows how Dutton really feels about refugees.
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