Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Murdoch: Australia needs to embrace immigration

The head of News Limited has described the Federal Government's handling of 457 visas as racist and disgraceful.

Rupert Murdoch made the comments during his first visit to Darwin in two decades to talk to staff at the News Limited-owned NT News.
Mr Murdoch told Sky News that Australia needed to embrace immigration the way the United States had.
"I think... the way they're talking about the 437 (sic) is pretty disgraceful and racist, but you know I'm a big one for encouraging immigration," he said.
"Just look at America, it's just fantastic.
"You have difficulties... but they meld... tremendous creativity in the community.
"I think that's the future, a mixture of people."
But Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said there was "nothing racist about standing up for jobs and job opportunities for Australians".
"What we have seen have been many examples and many instances of abuses and rorts in this area," Mr Bradbury said.
"We think it's absolutely essential that we crack down on those rorts and those loopholes."
Mr Murdoch flew on a private jet into Darwin last night to be greeted by his company's top brass.
He told the ABC he was keen to become part of northern Australia's economic growth.
The media tycoon said the region was about to undergo considerable development.
"I think everything north of the Tropic of Capricorn can be expanded tremendously, most of the Australian rainfall is here," he said.
Mr Murdoch was set to fly out later today.


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