Visas for 10 000 requested

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Following widespread reporting, even on national Television channels in South Africa, that the Australian Prime Minister will not support relaxing visa restrictions for South African farmers, two Members of Parliament of his ruling Liberal Party now also spoke out in favour of the motion by Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton.

Andrew Hastie and Ian Goodenough approached minister Dutton, following hugely successful protest marches in Brisbane and in Perth recently.

The two gentleman, according to “The West Australian” yesterday, demanded that 10,000 refugee visas be made available to South African farmers being victim of what is described as “Cyril Ramaphosa’s black apartheid.”

Neither PM Turnbull, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishopp or Minister Dutton responded to the request in official capacity yet

Mr Dutton is being urged to establish a special humanitarian intake, similar to the 12,000 additional places created for Syrian refugees under the Abbott government in 2015, and to relax age restrictions for migrants aged over 45 wanting to apply under the skilled migration program.

Likening the situation to the Syrian crisis, Mr Hastie said there was “no doubt” that South African farmers were being persecuted, with the conservative MP receiving one email yesterday from a woman who had been brutally raped and shot on her citrus farm.

“The Australian Government should do whatever to resettle these farmers here,” he said.

“There are both compelling humanitarian and economic reasons.

“We did it for persecuted Syrian minorities. Why not these people?”

Mr Goodenough said he supported Australia accepting a “reasonable figure” for a special intake of South African migrants, saying that up to 10,000 people was not a “huge amount”.

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