Tighten vetting process: Hanson
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.’’