Australian PM suggests ‘values test’ for migrants
The comments follow a speech by Australia’s Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge, warning that the country was veering towards a “separatist multicultural model” as a result of unchecked immigration policies.
“This is a country where 28% of Australians were born outside Australia, over half have a parent born outside Australia, but isn’t it remarkable that we live together in so much harmony because of the values we share?” said Turnbull.
Australia’s multiculturalism relied on “careful immigrant selection” and “an insistence on immigrant integration,” said the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
“Our ship is slightly veering towards a European separatist multicultural model and we want to pull it back to be firmly on the Australian integrated path,” Tudge said, noting that Australia, like the UK, was facing “ethnic segregation and liberal values being challenged.”
Focusing on social cohesion in the age of mass migration, Tudge made numerous comments on European immigration, saying countries had “done too little for too long,” and that he is “thankful” Australia doesn’t have integration policies like Denmark.
Some of his comments didn’t land well with the London audience.
“It’s pretty odd that an Australian government minister goes to the UK and talks our country down,” said Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese to 9News.
Shifting political winds
Like Tudge, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly offered Europe as a bad example of immigration policy.
“I think it has been very bad, for Europe…I just think it is changing the culture,” Trump said last week at a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, apparently referring to a wave of refugees who have entered Europe from unstable societies in the Middle East and North Africa.
After Noah joked that “Africa won the World Cup,” pointing to French players of African heritage, Araud replied that the comment “legitimizes the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being French.”
Noah defended his joke, arguing against the notion that “in order to be French, you have to do away with what makes you African.”