A contrast in styles: Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton

Here is Peter Dutton, Australia’s Immigration Minister, talking about diversity. From the Guardian:

“If there is a particular problem that people can point to within a certain community, and we’re talking about a significant number of people in that community who are doing the wrong thing, then clearly mistakes have been made in the past,” he said.

“The reality is that Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in in the 1970s and we’re seeing that today. We need to be honest in having that discussion.”

Let’s go back nearly 12 months to the day, when Malcolm Turnbull launched George Megalogenis’ book at Parliament House. Also from the Guardian:

That openness and multiculturalism based on mutual respect is what has defined most successful societies in the world.

When was Istanbul or Constantinople at its greatest? When it was it’s most diverse.When was Alexandria at its most successful? When it was its most diverse.

When was Smyrna at its greatest? When it was most open and diverse?

Diversity is our strength, our greatest asset as the publisher said is not the rocks under the ground but it’s the people that walk on top.

Multicultural Australia is a remarkable achievement and we should treasure it and hold it dear.

Everyday Peter Dutton remains the Immigration Minister undermines this sentiment and threatens Australia’s social cohesion.

I’ve been thinking a bunch about Trump and Brexit and what it all might mean for Australia. One thing we must remember is that Australia is fundamentally different, at least politically. The marginal seats which will swing the next election are not Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin but include Banks (born overseas 46%), Chisholm (47%) and Petrie (29%). Combine this with compulsory voting and appealing to nativist, jingoistic sentiment can only win over so many votes. Where is Ewen Jones when you need him?

No-one should ignore the concerns of people who have been battered and bruised by the economy. We must try to better understand who motivates discontent. But shouting about Africans and Muslims is not the way forward. Scaring people about 457 visa holders without a proper plan to discuss the underlying issues is not appropriate either. Our Prime Minister knows this and he should be held responsible for Minister Dutton given this is a clear pattern of behaviour.

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