Doubts About Proposed Laws To Screen Migrants

19:07' 08-03-2018
A high level public servant recently revealed that Immigration Minister Peter Duttons new Home Affairs department plans to screen migrants in their home countries when they apply to come to Australia.

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    The plan, revealed by Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo, was reported in The Daily Telegraph at the end of February. The Daily Telegraph said the laws had not been tabled in parliament or publicly canvassed.

    Mr Pezzullo said the screening assessments were intended to check whether would-be migrants were likely to “conform with and live by Australian values” by analysing their behaviour in their home countries. The assessments would continue on and after their arrival.

    In the following days, Peter Dutton defended Mr Pezzullo’s right to comment as head of the department on policy and programs, but denied the government is planning such laws. He said any new policies would be announced “in due course,” but suggested the government would make use of any technology which allowed Australian authorities to exchange information more freely with partners.

    Labor senator Doug Cameron accused the government of using coded messaging and “dog-whistle politics” against potential refugees and migrants. Another Labor senator, Jenny McAllister, said the opposition would wait to see the detail of the government's plan.

    Mr Pezzullo refused to make any further comment when questioned by SBS News.

    Annual immigration reports show Australia has accepted roughly 190,000 permanent migrants every year since 2011, mostly on skilled and family visas. It is not clear what proportion of these would be screened under such a program.

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