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Govt must ‘take a closer look’ at South African farmers’ asylum seeker claims

Queensland LNP member Savanna Labuschagne says the Home Affairs Department is adopting a “one size fits all” rejection approach in regards to South African farmers seeking asylum in Australia.

Since Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told the department to begin accepting refugee claims from South African farmers in 2018, there have been an influx of applications.

According to The Australian none have been accepted within the past year; In the past three months alone 97 claims have been rejected.

Ms Labuschagne successfully lobbied her local LNP branch to adopt a motion urging the federal government to assist Australian citizens to sponsor South African relatives who are experiencing high crime and violence in their homeland.

The department claims there is no evidence of systematic violence against South African farmers.

Ms Labuschagne told Sky News host Peta Credlin families who have applied for visas are getting a “very cut and paste and one size fits all” response.