Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has welcomed the Government’s move towards a more values-based immigration system.
Senator Abetz has long been an advocate of such changes to the Immigration system.
“One of the greatest gifts that anyone can ever receive is Australian citizenship and so it’s vital that people who are joining Team Australia understand and abide by our values and understand our community expectations.,” Senator Abetz said.
“Many parts of the world have a dramatically different idea of how fellow members of the community should be treated and as we’ve seen in recent times, some people who come to Australia still seek to preach and practice such appalling behaviour.”
“For instance, it’s important that new Australians understand that violence towards women, female genital mutilation and throwing people off buildings for their sexuality is totally unacceptable. We also expect people to make a contribution to the community through participating in the workforce.”
"Basic concepts such as learning English, getting a job and becoming involved in the community are all vital components of a successful immigration policy. It is good for the new arrival, their family and the Australian community."
“The Prime Minister’s announcement today, along with the recent reworked Multicultural Statement, are very positive steps in the right direction and I am pleased that the Government is resisting the political correctness brigade to implement these important reforms,” Senator Abetz concluded.