Kevin Andrews announced recently that the number of Sudanese refugees, as well as other African people, will not be accepted into Australia as easily as other nationalities because they are having difficulties assimilating.
In other words, these people are coming from a country so ravaged by war, poverty, and civil strife that most of an average 21st century society is alien to them. Such everyday things as electricity are a mystery to many of them. They have been left by the horrors of life in Sudan without even the basic tools to cope with modern society.
So obviously it is our duty make sure they can't leave that horrible place.
Mr Andrews apparently does not understand his portfolio. The idea of taking on refugees is to help people most in need, not to gather more model citizens. If these people aren't assimilating properly, we need to put extra effort into helping them to assimilate. These people need help, and Mr Andrews is doing his best to ensure they don't get any.
And the bottom line is, there is no evidence to suggest that the percieved problems with Sudanese immigrants are actually true. Mr Andrews certainly hasn't produced any actual evidence to show that Sudanese people are in more trouble with the law than anyone else.
On the other hand New England MP Tony Windsor says a large number of Sudanese refugees have settled in his electorate, and have been able to integrate into the community.
"You can't expect them to be modelled, balanced citizens, when they've come from the backgrounds that some of these people have come from," he said.
And Queensland premier Anna Bligh says The highest proportion of Sudanese immigrants in Queensland is in Toowoomba.
Citing police data, Ms Bligh said Sudanese refugees are not involved in crime any more frequently than any other sector of the Australian community.
"Those Sudanese refugees are actually under-represented in the crime statistics," she said.
"What that tells me is that these people are law-abiding citizens, by and large that they are not committing crimes at a rate any higher than the average citizen from any other part of the world."
But Pauline Hanson said refugees carry disease and escalate crime.
"Do you want to see increased crime on our streets? Do you want to see increased violence?" she said.
"Do you want to see your daughter or a family member end up with aids or anyone for that matter?"
At the core of the problem is that Sudanese people are so easily identifiable, being so tall, thin, and unusually dark-skinned. That makes them stand out as different. Thirty-three per cent of Australia's Sudanese population lives in Melbourne - many in the outer south-eastern suburb of Noble Park.
The suburb straddles two federal seats, both held by Labor: Bruce and Isaacs.
At the last election in 2004, Labor suffered swings against it of 3 per cent and 5 per cent respectively. Isaacs is a marginal seat for Labor, which holds it by 1.5 per cent.
Yesterday, federal Justice Minister David Johnston was campaigning alongside the Liberal candidate for the seat, right outside Noble Park's train station.
A police van was set up there on Saturday after the bashing death of 18-year-old Sudanese refugee Liep Gony. The van is staffed 24 hours a day.
Looks like more cynical votes grabbing by a government that has never been afraid of a bit of racial profiling to get ahead. Howard's Liberal has won government before by targeting individual seats, allowing them to win a majority of seats even though the majority of votes nationally are against them. There's little doubt that this is more of the same. Playing with peoples' lives just to get a little bit more power.