Tricky Dick

President Nixon was dubbed “Tricky Dick” Nixon because of his less than scrupulous election strategies and campaigns. This week I learned we have our own Tricky Dick, here in Australia, in the form of Immigration Minister Senator Dutton. While his name is not Richard, I think the nickname fits.

Tricky Dick Dutton.

This week Dutton unveiled some important reforms to the Migration Act. Ostensibly a good news story about the introduction of long term (10 year) visas for certain migrants. However, on closer inspection the amendments contain some sinister measures.

Tricky Dick Dutton

The proposed amendments allow Dutton, as Immigration Minister, to require entire groups of visa-holders to pass a “revalidation check”, based on their nationality, place of residence or travel history.

Tricky Dick Dutton

The bill permits Dutton to “identify any group of people based on a shared common characteristic or circumstance”, such as, among other things, whether the group lives in a particular country, or a particular state or province within a country, or may have travelled through a particular area during a particular time and then submit them to revalidation checks.

Tricky Dick Dutton

Mr Dutton can ask individuals to submit to revalidation checks as often as he pleases.

Tricky Dick Dutton.

It appears the Australian government wishes to follow in the footsteps of President Trump on immigration issues.

Tricky Dick Dutton

I am not saying that the world is not a dangerous place. I accept that we need to protect our borders. What I am saying is that we do not achieve security by granting one Minister unfettered executive power on migration issues.

Good one Tricky Dick Dutton.