SYDNEY- Peter Dutton a senior Australian minister vowed on Thursday to press on with a plan to bring white South African farmers to Australia, hitting back at criticism from “crazy lefties” who he said were “dead to me”.
The Home Affairs Minister sparked outrage last week by singling white farmers’ who need to flee “horrific circumstances” for a “civilised country”.
Dutton draw criticism in the past for cracking down on asylum-seekers from Asia and the Middle East, and is still unfazed.
Speaking to 2GB radio station he said, “It concerns me that people are being persecuted at the moment – that’s the reality – the numbers of people dying or being savagely attacked in South Africa is a reality,”
“We’re looking at ways we can help people to migrate to Australia if they’re finding themselves in that situation.”
Dutton said the uproar of his comments “meant nothing to me”, while attacking the media for their coverage.
He added, “Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC, and on The Guardian, Huffington Post, can express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it,”
“They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me.”
Police records in South Africa say 74 farmers were murdered between 2016 and 2017 in the country, one of the world’s highest crime rates.
Dutton made his initial offer in response to the National Assembly’s decision to enact land “expropriation without compensation” to redress land confiscations of the colonial and apartheid era.
He said his comments has been received with wide support from some people.
He said, “If people think I’m going to cower or take a backward step because of their nonsense, fabricated, fake news criticism, then they’ve got another thing coming.”
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