'Dutton is throwing petrol into the fire on Australia visas for white farmers'

Australian correspondent Rob Calder says he's not sure what is motivating Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's comments.

Read: White South African farmers face 'horrific circumstances': Australian MP

Dutton said on Wednesday that finding a method to grant white farmers visas as soon as possible is a priority for him based on reports of land grabs and violence in SA.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast Show, Calder says maybe some group has contacted Dutton from South Africa.

Also read: 'White farmers are NOT attacked because they are white'

From my point of view it's quite surprising. I know the issue of land is a sensitive one in South Africa and throwing petrol into that fire...

Rob Calder, Australian correspondent

Calder says its rich from the minister to start calling this a refugee requirements. He says Dutton probably said this comments to get some polling support from conservatives.

The Prime Minister has lost a bit of control of ministers and what they say.

Rob Calder, Australian correspondent

I question if this will at all happen. From a pragmatic point of view what it will do to South African - Australian relations. I don't know if its a positive thing at all.

Rob Calder, Australian correspondent

Meanwhile, the Department of International Relations in South Africa has responded to the comments and saying they are based on information from unreliable sources such as AfriForum

Listen to why Calder things Dutton was looking for support...


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