20 June 2018

South Africa: Civilisation, White Farmers and Being a South African Australian Today

opinion

How widespread is support by South African Australians for the initiative to give special status to white South African farmers? Has the Afriforum vision of South Africa become the hegemonic one among South African migrants in Australia? I suspect a great many (most?) South African Australians do not support Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton's call. It is certainly not being done in my name.

Note: A version of this article was published in the Australian magazine Arena in June 2018.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's call to prioritise a refugee intake of white South African farmers because they need "special attention" and "help from a civilised country like ours" has received a great deal of ongoing press coverage in both Australia and South Africa.

The call has garnered support from a number of leading figures in Australia's Liberal Party, mostly MPs with right-wing leanings. Dutton's most vocal supporters on the Liberal Party/One Nation Right have gone even further, accusing South Africa of white "genocide", of expropriating "their" land without compensation, and arguing that white farmers would be "great settlers" with shared...

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