Saturday, July 19, 2008

Andrews wanted Christian migrants

FORMER immigration minister Kevin Andrews instructed his department to lift the intake of Christian refugees from the Middle East in response to what he saw as a pro-Muslim bias created by corrupt local case officers.

Mr Andrews was so concerned about the extent of corruption in Middle Eastern posts - despite the allegations being investigated and dismissed by his own department - that he wrote to then prime minister John Howard advocating a $200 million plan to replace local employees with Australian staff in 10 "sensitive" countries, including Jordan, Iran and Egypt.

Opposition immigration spokesman Chris Ellison said yesterday this remained Coalition policy.

"We do not want discrimination or bias occurring ... and that's why I believe it is appropriate that our sensitive overseas posts, such as those in the Middle East, are staffed by Australians," Senator Ellison said.

I don't see anything wrong with this policy.

12 comments:

missred said...

"I don't see anything wrong with this policy."
neither do i.

Egg said...

We are a Christian country, are we not?

kae said...

Hi Missred.
Hi Egg.
Yes, though I think we have some newbies who think it'd be best to change that.

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Doesn't this attempt at a policy change mean that for decades at least, under both Coalition & Labor governments, the policy has been for foreigners to choose who goes to Australia?

Boy on a bike said...

Thank you for explaining why Lakemba is the way it is.

kae said...

Hi Mild
Are you who I think you are?
Just wondering...
Is that a great musician as your thingy?

kae said...

boy, there seems to be a creeping infestation to Bankstown, too. And we won't talk about Auburn.

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Hi Kae,

Are you who I think you are?
Just wondering...


I probably am not, as I don't know many redheads, and none of them are called Kae.

Is that a great musician as your thingy?

Not quite, my avatar is of E.W. Barton-Wright - founder of Bartitsu (the prefered martial art of Sherlock Holmes).

kae said...

Ah, thanks Mild Colonial Boy.
Explained.
I just meant I thought you might be someone from around the blogs.
But you are Mild Coloinal Boy!

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...
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kae said...

Well, you are most welcome here.
Don't be a stranger!
I mean that for everyone.

Um, ooops. Mild Coloinal Boy. Wish I could type better.

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Your Humble Servant, Madame.