A former Abbott government frontbencher has criticised male asylum seekers who seek refuge overseas instead of fighting for their homeland.
Liberal backbencher Bob Baldwin told Parliament last evening that it was “a bit wealthy” to expect coalition soldiers to fight in nations such as Syria and Iraq when appropriately aged citizens have been fleeing the violence.
He mentioned he would fight, and anticipate his sons to take up arms, if Australia came beneath attack.
“What I have noticed, as have several of my constituents, is that a huge quantity of the refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and other war-torn nations seem to be predominantly males amongst 18 and 45,” he said.
“Why are they not staying and instruction to defend their land, their way of life and their rights?… It is a bit rich to expect other folks from foreign countries to lay down their lives for you if you are not prepared to stand and fight.”
Mr Baldwin spoke in support of the Government’s legislation to strip dual nationals of their Australian citizenship if convicted of a terror offence.
“If you do not like Australia and all it has to provide, then do not come, do not keep, go back to where you came from,” he stated.
Mr Baldwin stated he was proud to speak on the bill, stating there was “no room in the globe for Daesh [another name for Islamic State] death cults”.
The bill passed the Reduced Home overnight and is scheduled for debate in the Senate this evening.
Mr Baldwin also expressed concerns more than the vetting of refugees, which Immigration Minister Peter Dutton addressed in Parliament yesterday.
Mr Dutton stated that the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled in Australia would be topic to “the most rigorous criteria”.
“We are applying biometric and fingerprint testing,” he stated.
“We can be assured that people who are applying below that plan are indeed those who are most in need to have.
“If we discover an applicant where we have a suspicion about the person’s motivation or background or affiliations, that particular person will not proceed into this plan, they will not be coming to this nation.”
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