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July 10, 2003

There is an article in yesterdays Australian Financial Review by Tony Harris called. Minister a law unto himself (subscription required). It refers to Philip Ruddock, the Minister of Immigration, sending home those Afghans (3800) & Iraqis (4200) temporary protection visas when their visas expire.

But an exception will be made for those East Timorese (1600) on temporary protection visas. They can stay in Australia. They will be treated exceptionally. Ruddock will use his discretionary powers to override the requirements of law.

Why the compassion?

Would it have anything to do with the Iraqi's and Afghans being sent home because of their Islamic religion, and so they are not one of us? Or are the East Timorese be allowed to stay because they are Christians and so one of us?

Do the national security state conservatives see the clash of civilizations in this stark way?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:05 AM | | Comments (0)