Category Archives: Australian immigration and asylum

Turnbull refuses to condemn or support Dutton's comments on South African farmers

Prime minister praises Australia’s ‘non-discriminatory’ refugee policies when asked if he supports minister’s position

Malcolm Turnbull has defended Australia’s refugee policies, describing them as “non-discriminatory”, but pointedly refused to condemn or back comments by the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, that white South African farmers could receive “special attention” from Australia.

Commenting on a documentary about violent rural crime in South Africa, Dutton said farmers deserved “special attention” and should receive fast-tracked humanitarian visas from a “civilised country”.

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South Africa demands Peter Dutton retract 'offensive' statement on white farmer plight

Foreign ministry hardens language against Australian minister who offered farmers visa help from his ‘civilised country’

South Africa demanded on Thursday that Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton retract comments that suggested white farmers were being persecuted and should receive fast-tracked humanitarian visas from a “civilised country”.

Pretoria summoned Canberra’s high commissioner over Dutton’s remarks, which also included a description of white farmers facing “horrific circumstances”, a characterisation South Africa has rejected.

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Deporting offending New Zealanders ‘fair and just’, Turnbull says

Jacinda Ardern raises matter again but concedes New Zealand cannot prevent deportations

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has defended as “fair and just” and “moral” the policy of deporting New Zealanders who have committed crimes – even those who have never set foot in New Zealand or have Australian families.

Australia’s hardline policy of deporting non-citizens who have committed crimes that attract a jail sentence of one year or more has raised fierce political and public opposition in New Zealand, particularly around the deportation of people with no connection to that country.

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Accents don’t hurt patients, attitudes do | Ranjana Srivastava

In my entire medical career, I’ve never heard of a patient who died because the doctor had an accent

Walking up some stairs to my office, I spot a flyer stuck in a busy thoroughfare area. By the time I absorb its contents I have to retrace my steps to take a more careful look. Then, the onslaught of work removes all possibility of being distracted by a piece of advertising. The interpreters are overbooked today and my cancer clinic is burgeoning with people who can’t wait.

The first patient is from Punjab, an elderly woman accompanied by her husband. “What language do you feel comfortable with, English or Hindi?”

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Beyond the wire: 'I can’t remember my past and I don’t know if I have a future'

Dennish has been tossed around like a football, Sajjad hears gunshots each night, Aslam is in constant pain: these are the unvarnished stories of those who call Manus home

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