By MIA FREEDMAN
Yesterday, Coalition spokesperson on immigration, Scott Morrison made some cynical, appalling and patently untrue suggestions about against asylum seekers.
He was joined almost immediately by Senator Eric Abetz who did some even more distasteful dog whistling, in a revolting attempt to rustle up fear, anxiety and hatred.
What’s that smell? Oh that’s right. It’s the smell of an election year. And it’s putrid.
Here are the facts:
Earlier this week, a Sri Lankan man was charged with the alleged indecent assault of a female university student at Sydney’s Macquarie University.
Court documents say that Daxchan Selvarajah, a 21-year-old asylum seeker who is living in the community on a bridging visa, entered a unit at Macquarie University about 3.30am on the 14th February and put his hand down the pyjama pants of a 20-year-old student. After the woman awoke and screamed, her attacker fled.
Since the incident, it has been announced that asylum seekers – 55 of whom are housed at Macquarie University in an agreement with the Red Cross – will no longer be provided with accommodation at the campus. The accused man was not one of the asylum seekers being housed at the University.
Yesterday, Scott Morrison called for an immediate freeze of the provision of bridging visas for asylum seekers and said that a review was required into the guidelines of how people who arrive in Australia by boat (not in any other way), are released into the community. Mr Morrison said that the freeze should not be lifted until Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor and his department could give the community a clear guarantee that there were “safeguards in place”.