Call For Respect In Immigration Debate

18:08' 27-08-2018
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has urged that the election of a new Prime Minister “should not be used as a catalyst for changes to Australia’s long-standing non-discriminatory, fair and welcoming immigration policies”.

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    As most Australians are aware, last week saw a savage tussle over the nation's leadership, resulting in former Treasurer Scott Morrison replacing Malcolm Turnbull in the post of Prime Minister.

    Peter Dutton, who sought the position but failed, retained his position as Home Affairs minister, but the Immigration portion of that role was taken from his ministry and given to David Coleman, the former assistant minister for finance. Mr Coleman also serves as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, replacing Alan Tudge.

    “It is the duty of the nation’s leaders to ensure that public discussion around immigration and multiculturalism is conducted in a respectful manner and that Australia remains a shining example of a successful multicultural society,” FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos said.

    Scott Morrison became the first managing director of Tourism Australia in 2006, and had formerly set up New Zealand's Office of Tourism and Sport.

    He entered the Australian parliament in 2007 as member for the Sydney seat of Cook, the site of the Cronulla riots between some Australians and the Lebanese community.

    As Minister for Immigration from 2013 to 2014, he implemented “Operation Sovereign Borders”, with the slogan “Stop the Boats”. Asylum-seekers arriving in Australia by boat were either sent back to where they had come from or transferred to the Pacific island camps of Manus Island and Nauru.

    Although it appeared to be successful, the campaign attracted fierce criticism, partly because of his refusal to release details of the military operations employed. The refugee camps are now closed, but controversy persists over the way they were operated and the future of the refugees.

    “FECCA and the communities it represents have been alarmed and disappointed by the extreme views expressed by public figures recently around immigration matters generally, and certain migrant groups in particular,” Ms Patetsos said.

    Span Hanna

     

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