DUTTON HEARTS (WHITE) REFUGEES
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has flagged fast-tracking visas for white South African farmers, following new president Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to appropriate farm land as reparations for black citizens.
Discussing the idea with The Daily Telegraph ($), Dutton also expressed empathy for challenges faced by white farmers, notably land seizure and reports of violence, and admiration for their work ethic and, pointedly, capacity to "not lead a life on welfare". This makes "white South Africans" the first group of would-be refugees Dutton has championed in over three years on the job. He certainly hasn't been much help to the Sri Lankan-Australian family subjected to a dawn raid last week. The Biloela locals of four years only narrowly escaped deportation thanks to last-minute legal intervention.