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 Dutton Offers Help to White South African Farmers
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 Posted: Mar 15 2018, 06:03 PM
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Peter Dutton wants Australia to help white South African farmers who he says are facing violence, land seizures

By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin and Africa correspondent Sally Sara

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Photo: Peter Dutton says people need help from a "civilised country like ours". (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has said.

Mr Dutton has ordered his department to investigate how to bring the farmers, who he says are facing "horrific circumstances" of land seizures and violence, to Australia.

He said he had watched television footage and read articles that convinced him the farmers needed help.

He said he had "hope" some of the farmers could be settled in Australia, declaring: "We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted."

Violence on South African farms is a racially charged political issue.

Afriforum, a rights group that mainly represents the views of the white Afrikaner minority, says white farmers are murdered at four times the rate of other citizens, but these figures cannot be independently verified and have been challenged.

Mr Dutton said he wanted to explore whether the farmers could access visas or humanitarian programs.

"People do need help and they need help from a civilised country like ours," Mr Dutton told News Corp.

"There are existing visa categories where we can accommodate people and we're just looking at the moment as to what might be feasible. Hopefully we'll make an announcement in due course."

Another federal Cabinet minister, Steve Ciobo, agreed the farmers should be given special attention by Australia, arguing the situation in South Africa was "cause for concern".

"Let's be frank, if we see in this case — people who are being thrown off their land, being persecuted, I've read of people being shot, rapes, all sorts of different things — then I do believe that there's a role to be played."

Labor senator Kim Carr said he was pleased the Government had "taken an interest" in humanitarian migration programs.

"We want to make sure we have a non-discriminatory migration policy and I trust that's what this Government is seeking to maintain," he said.

"Our human rights record ought be second to none in the world. It should be done on a non-racial approach to immigration."

But the South African Government dismissed fears expressed by Mr Dutton for the safety of the farmers, saying its citizens were not in danger.

Afriforum expressed gratitude to Mr Dutton for acknowledging the attacks on white farmers.

But deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said most South Africans would prefer to stay on home soil.

"We would like to solve the problem in South Africa. So we don't necessarily think the solution is for everyone to leave the country," he said.

Mr Roets said the Australian Government should engage with South African officials.

Mr Dutton said the farmers could make a contribution to Australian life.

"The people we're talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia," he said.

"We want people that want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare and I think these people deserve special attention and we're certainly applying that special attention now."


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/dutton-wants-australia-to-help-white-south-african-farmers/9550050

White Zimbabwean farmers faced similar, and worse, problems under the Mugabe regime. Many fled and settled in Australia. I have met a number socially and on the golf course and they certainly fitted the criteria described in the final paragraph (highlighted in red).

I note Labor senator Kim Carr approves the offer but also says, "We want to make sure we have a non-discriminatory migration policy and I trust that's what this Government is seeking to maintain."

Any call to give preference to non-White refugees would indeed be discriminatory.


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 Posted: Mar 16 2018, 07:40 AM
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To be honest, there are are a hell of a lot of decisions made (by our own governments, and other big businesses) that actually discriminate against "whitey" or even males, in some cases! This post reminded me of that. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/mad.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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 Posted: Mar 16 2018, 07:42 AM
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About time white peoples who have suffered atrocities were considered, they certainly bring a wealth of knowledge and skills - not to forget they integrate without any fuss, unlike certain groups who continue to cause havoc in places like Melbourne.

South African Doctors and Surgeons are another group who have filled a void in our health system
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Dr Haybittel was a General Practitioner for five years before specialising as an Ophthalmologist in South Africa. Dr Haybittel has been on the North West Coast of Tasmania since 1995 and did the Australian Opthalmology fellowship exam in 1996. He works in Devonport and Burnie. Dr Haybittel teaches doctors, medical students and optometrists on a regular basis.

Dr Haybittel also provides a three monthly service to King Island and annually volunteers to work and teach in Samoa, where there is no resident ophthalmologist and blindness due to cataracts is endemic and commonplace.


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 Posted: Mar 16 2018, 02:01 PM
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Peter Dutton’s offer to white South African farmers started on the far right

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/16/peter-duttons-offer-to-white-south-african-farmers-started-on-the-far-right

The myth of ‘white genocide’ is a disturbing example of how alt-right ideology is mainstreamed and sold as policy

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Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton about white South African farmers: ‘I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.’

Peter Dutton is considering to fast-track visas for white South African farmers, after the issue was put on the national agenda by News Corp papers.

News’s campaign on the issue included reporting and two crucial columns by Miranda Devine and Caroline Marcus, which argued that the the latest moves on land reform put the country’s farmers in grave peril.

In announcing his interest in their plight, Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, said “I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now”. He described them as people who would easily “integrate into our society”.

Earlier, Devine had written about the kinship between Australians and “our oppressed white, Christian, industrious, rugby and cricket-playing Commonwealth cousins”, saying that they would “integrate seamlessly”.

Marcus had connected the situation to a broader picture of what she described as “reverse racism”, writing that “the truth is, there are versions of this anti-white, vengeance theme swirling in movements around the western world, from Black Lives Matter in the US to Invasion Day protests back home”.

By emphasising white kinship and white peril, the paper’s columnists may have gotten the result they were looking for. But they weren’t the only outlet on 12 March to urge their government to help the farmers.

The same day, American “race realist” website, VDare, Leo Hohmann, the author of a recent book on the supposed “stealth invasion” of the west by Muslim immigrants, was saying that the farmers have “their collective heads on the block”.

Land reform, Hohmann warned, threatened them with “extermination”. He demanded that Donald Trump issue an executive order to carry out a “sweeping rescue mission” and admit them as refugees. It was just the latest of many articles VDare has run asking that farmers be admitted as refugees.

Stories on the alleged persecution of white farmers have also been posted in March on far right sites from Richard Spencer’s AltRight.com to American Renaissance.

Alt right darling, Lauren Southern, is preparing a documentary on the issue. Fellow alt right auteur Faith Goldy, sacked from Rebel Media after palling around too much with white supremacists in Charlottesville, described South Africa as the movement’s “flavour of the month”.

And Marcus’s eye-popping claim that being a South African farmer is the most dangerous job in the world, though not supported by the evidence, certainly is supported by a range of far right and conspiracist websites.

The demand for refugee status has also been made in a year-old change.org petition, titled “Genocide of whites in South Africa”, which has so far garnered over 19,000 signatures. For some time that petition has been heavily promoted on far right websites and podcasts.

It offers lurid but nonspecific stories of whites being killed “in the most sadistic ways imaginable”. It asks that they be prioritised over people from the Middle East. South African whites, it says, are threatened with “complete genocide”, and are “compatible with our culture and civilization”.

On a recent episode of alt right podcast White Rabbit Radio host “Horus the Avenger” urged listeners to sign the petition, remarking that the issue was receiving broader attention after being previously confined to the farthest reaches of the far right Internet.

“This was the province of Stormfront five, ten years ago, white genocide in South Africa”, he said. “Now it is mainstream.”

He’s right about the far right’s obsession with the issue, and he may be right about it becoming more broadly shared. It’s now being pushed by conservatives who are, in theory, further away from the racist fringe, but who have increasingly acted to amplify their ideas.

Ann Coulter remarked last year that the farmers are the “only real refugees”. On his prime time Fox News show earlier this month, Tucker Carlson claimed that the country was “falling apart” as a result of land reform. Former Daily Mail columnist and reality show contestant, Katie Hopkins, is planning a documentary on the subject. Teasers released by Rebel Media, where Hopkins is now a stablemate of Mark Latham’s, focus on the alleged torture of farmers.

It’s also been a big topic on the internet’s major hub for Trump supporters, The Donald.

White Rabbit Radio, like many far right outlets, exists mainly to promote that apocalyptic, racist narrative of “white genocide”. This is the idea that white populations are being replaced by people of colour, whether this is through immigration, “race mixing”, or displacement and murder.

Like the rest of the far right, it sees the South Africa story as being central to this narrative. For example, just last week on American Renaissance’s podcast, Jared Taylor, who advocates for a white ethnostate to be carved out of the present United States, hosted Dan Roodt, the leader of the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, a “pro-European”, white power organisation.

Taylor told his guest, “we think of whites in South Africa as a canary in the coal mine”, and as bellwethers for “the future Africanisation of the planet”.

As reporting in Quartz pointed out in the various campaigns around the issue, the far right has managed to establish a myth that “a ’white genocide,’ targeting white farmers in particular has been underway since the ANC came to power in 1994”.

More broadly, the idea that whites are under attack in various places and that white solidarity against such attacks is crucial, is a basic component of the belief system known as white nationalism.

As far back as 2015, experts were warning of the “globalization of white nationalism”. Morris Dees and Richard Cohen from the Southern Poverty Law Center outlined this development in the wake of racists murders by Dylann Roof, who was obsessed and affronted by the end of white supremacist rule in South Africa’s neighbour, Rhodesia.

Then, they said that “from the United States and Canada to Europe, Australia and New Zealand … white supremacists don’t see borders; they see a white tribe under attack by people of color across the globe”.

What they couldn’t have anticipated ahead of the era of Trump and the alt right is how far the tenets of white nationalism would be mainstreamed.

News’s campaign on the issue certainly forwards and depends on the white nationalist logic of white kinship and white genocide. This mindset has been nurtured and developed on the far right. It follows an increasing attention to the issue in alt right circles in recent months.

And the policy being considered by a government, which also detains Middle Eastern refugees with no hope of entering the country, is equally white nationalist on its face.

Already, Dutton’s move is being celebrated in white supremacist circles. It seems likely that, if implemented, it will further embolden racist movements worldwide.


Unusually, the Guardian has left this open for comments - they normally don't allow comments on anything to do with immigration.

If you follow the link, you can scroll down to the comments to leave your thoughts. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif

The article has many references to far right white supremacist groups across the world so it should be a simple matter of googllng the names to find your preferred source of Fake News. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif


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If we are going to save any farmers, it might be a good idea to start with our own. Over 300 have taken their own lives since this government took office. Far more important than a couple of disgruntled South Africans who long for the apartheid era to return. I'm not convinced that they would fit in to our multicultural Australia at all. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif

We could also go the whole hog and rescue some of the 1,000,000 Rohingyas who hase been raped, murdered, driven from their homes by the government of Myanmar - instead, Australia is currently training the Myanmar military responsible for this genocide.

Dutton is a hypocritical borderline psychopath, and doesn't deserve support by the media in Australia or the members here......but whatever floats your boat. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/lbill.gif

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QUOTE (Bill @ Mar 16 2018, 12:01 PM)


Over 300 have taken their own lives since this government took office.


Versus how any under the Labor government?

Trying to put the blame on Government rather than addressing the causes of farmer suicide is low; even by your standards; Bill.

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I read The Guardian article and the comments accompanying it. The amount of generalisation, name calling and out-and-out lies is unbelievable.

According to many of the contributors, white South African farmers are racist Boers who want a return to Apartheid and anyone who wants to accept them as refugees are white supremacists wanting a return to the White Australia Policy.

What absolute rubbish. To claim all white South African farmers are racist Boers is just as bad as claiming all Muslims are Islamic extremists involved in terrorism.

There is clearly a case for showing some compassion to people who could well be facing the same treatment as white farmers in Zimbabwe under Mugabe. Already President Cyril Ramaphosa is introducing legislation to "expropriate" land from white farmers. This is but the thin end of the wedge.

Bill, you introduced a red herring designed to support your argument against Dutton's suggestion when you mention the tragedy of suicide rates in our rural areas. It is indeed a tragedy but in no way negates the argument that our immigration policy must be non-discriminatory.

You say that helping " ... a couple of disgruntled South Africans who long for the apartheid era to return. I'm not convinced that they would fit in to our multicultural Australia at all." They would fit in as well as many of our ethnic groups we have accepted as immigrants. Greeks, Italians, Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese have all "fitted in well" as have British, Rhodesian and South African immigrants in the past. I don't believe they would become a welfare burden or expect changes to our culture.

Comments such as those released by Greens leader Richard Natale - "Bringing white South African farmers to Australia as part of a special humanitarian program would be a return to the White Australia policy, Greens leader Richard Di Natale has said." - are emotive, divisive and, frankly, un-Australian.

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Tell greens to move to the penrith enclave This group sickens me more than most and that says a lot 3 words sudenese apex gangs

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Bill how many are you personal going to adopt You could have a open house for the apex gangsters from melbourne White south farmer africans have skills the other lot do not except for violence Not to many live near shy or the greens or the pollies Wait they have armed protection we do not
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It seems to me that South Africa is heading down the same path that Mugabe did in Zimbabwe.

Of course Bill would claim that the Zimbabwean farmers were far right white supremacists as well and that Mugabe was not a bloody brutal racist dictator.

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