Tighten vet­ting process: Han­son

The Australian - - THE NATION -

EX­CLU­SIVE: Pauline Han­son has called on the gov­ern­ment to toughen im­mi­gra­tion vet­ting to en­sure peo­ple granted per­ma­nent res­i­dency will in­te­grate.

In an opin­ion ar­ti­cle pub­lished to­day in The Aus­tralian, Se­na­tor Han­son also says the gov­ern­ment needs to do more to investigate and crack­down on al­le­ga­tions of wel­fare fraud cen­tred around polyg­a­mous re­la­tion­ships. It fol­lows al­le­ga­tions in 2016 that spousal ben­e­fits were paid to the wives of polyg­a­mous Mus­lim men. “In­stead of throw­ing in the towel, the gov­ern­ment should be look­ing at so­lu­tions to this prob­lem, be­cause the gov­ern­ment is in­creas­ingly giv­ing per­ma­nent visas to peo­ple from coun­tries where polygamy, child mar­riage, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and gen­der in­equal­ity is com­mon,’’ she writes.

“In Aus­tralia a man does not need to be rich or steal cows to get the bride price for an ex­tra wife, he just needs to ac­cess Cen­tre­link.’’

She says the gov­ern­ment should con­sider tougher vet­ting for im­mi­gra­tion: “All I ask is that be­fore we grant a per­ma­nent visa there should be a find­ing that the in­di­vid­ual has a rea­son­able prospect of in­te­grat­ing so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally into Aus­tralia.’’

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