“What [they] would be saying is that they have no place in Australia. They are only to be here temporarily … Can you imagine what temporary entry would mean for them? It would mean that people would never know whether they were able to remain here. There would be uncertainty, particularly in terms of the attention given to learning English, and in addressing the torture and trauma so they are healed from some of the tremendous physical and psychological wounds they have suffered. So, I regard [their] approach as being highly unconscionable in a way that most thinking people would clearly reject.”
A quote by Phillip Ruddock (then-Coalition Minister for Immigration) in 1998 referring to One Nation’s policies. Temporary Protection Visas were introduced by the Howard Coalition Government on October 20, 1999.
Okay, so maybe that statement is stretching things a bit far. I had a conversation with someone the other day in reference to that now-well-known phrase in relation to immigration, and their response was fair – “Yeah, but the Aboriginals probably immigrated here at some point as well… how far back should we go?”
Exactly! The point is no one is exempt from immigration – we are all descended from immigrants at some point. Keep Reading…