| Australia | 8 Julyxa 2016 | Asia Samachar |
If Bob Katter gets his way, Australia should restrict migration to just three groups, with Sikhs included in his list.
Katter is the independent Australian Member of Parliament who has agreed to support Caretaker Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to form a minority Federal government in the aftermath of the 2016 general elections.
Ideally, Katter said migration be confined to Sikhs, Jews and Middle Eastern Christians.
“I had a Sikh in his turban and a Jewish assistant rabbi, with his beard, on either side of me. These are persecuted minorities, there’s no doubt – 84,000 Sikhs were killed in one year in India,” he said at a press conference on Thursday, after winning the Federal seat, reports Sydney Morning Herald.
Turnball’s Coalition party need the support of independents candidates to form a government after both the Coalition and the Labour failed to win outright majority of seats in the general elections.
Katter, fresh from a marathon 2½-hour meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Brisbane on Thursday, said he wanted to see immigration reduced to “virtually nil”, except for people in some persecuted minority groups, the report said.
It quoted Katter as saying: “The government has been bringing 620,000 people into Australia each year, into an economy that’s only got 200,000 jobs and over 200,000 school leavers…I mean, is this madness? The whole country’s economy must collapse.
“Clearly, half a million people are forced on to the dole each year as a result of the government bringing 620,000 people into the country.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s in line with the job creation, which would be down to 100,000 and if you go to persecuted minority groups and I’ll be very specific – the Christians in the Middle East, the Jews in the Middle East and other parts of the world, and the Sikhs in India – they will fill your 100,000, no trouble.
“The issue is you are bringing in mass numbers that the country can’t possibly absorb.”
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