Australia’s immigration policy is meant to be blind to race, but is it?


Analysis: the principle of non discrimination, particularly in the humanitarian program, seems to be eroding

  • Ben Doherty
  • The Guardian

Since the abolition of the White Australia policy, the fundamental basis of Australia’s immigration policy has been proudly, declaratively “non-discriminatory”.

Doh 1aAll of this week and last, the prime minister, home affairs minister and foreign minister all felt obliged to reconfirm this as controversy swirled over what was meant by Australia’s “special attention” for white South African farmers facing violence.

“It is non-discriminatory and it is a very generous program,” Malcolm Turnbull reiterated on Wednesday.

But the evidence emerging suggests that the…

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