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Bishop rejects Dutton’s claim white South African farmers need visa help

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Foreign minister says Australia’s humanitarian visa program will not change after South African government expressed outrage

Australia will be making no special visa considerations for white South African farmers, Julie Bishop said, as she refused to back Peter Dutton’s claim the group deserved “special treatment� over alleged persecution.

The foreign minister became the latest senior government figure to dismiss one of the home affairs minister’s policy ideas, which in recent months have included limiting Australia’s migration intake and labelling white South African farmers the “sorts of migrants that we want to bring into our country�.

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