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Karl Stefanovic Just Straight-Up Called Peter Dutton "Un-Australian"

Onya Karlos.

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Today host and all round nice guy Karl Stefanovic is pretty pissed off with immigration minister Peter Dutton after Dutton said "illiterate and innumerate" refugees will take Aussie jobs.

"It's a cliche but what Peter Dutton did yesterday was un-Australian" - @karlstefanovic #9Today

Karl told the story of his grandparents, who spent a year in an immigration camp in Wollongong, before building a life for their family. Karl also mentioned Today sport presenter Tim Gilbert, whose grandparents arrived in Australia after World War II with little English, but who managed to build a successful business.


Stefanovic attacked Dutton for "cherry picking" facts to support his argument, before reading from a department of immigration report that highlighted the positive contributions refugees have made to Australia.

"Listen to this report from 2011," he said. "'The larger picture of humanitarian entrants is one of considerable achievement and contribution. Humanitarian entrants help meet labour shortages, they display strong entrepreneurial qualities compared with other migrant groups with a higher average in engaging in small and medium business enterprise."

Regardless of politics there is something about Peter Dutton's comments yesterday that didn't sit well with many Australians, including myself and Tim Gilbert. Timmy's mother, came here as a little girl from Lebanon with her parents just before the second world war. Her family came with little English and money. They got busy working as hawkers, graduating to their own business, and quickly picking up the inning Lingo.My grandparents were the same. They spent a year in an immigration camp in Wollongong. He got a job working the coal for BHP, stayed there for 30 years. They built a house with their own hands in Balambi and built a life for their grandchildren to enjoy. My best mate Al's parents came here in the 60s from Croatia and just about they all knew for 15 years was swear words. They would have been considered illiterate. You know how it goes, ending a sentence with a swear word. But this country is built on so many pillars, including those that come from far away lands not much more than hope and the drive for a better life for their family. They have made this a better place. They helped make modern Australia. Mr Dutton appears to have cherry picked statistics which don't reflect the views of his own department. Listen to report from 2011; 'The larger picture of humanitarian entrants is one of considerable achievement and contribution. Humanitarian entrants help meet labour shortages. They display strong entrepreneurial qualitites compared with other migrant groups, with a higher than average proportion engaging in small and medium business enterprise.' It goes on listing the positive social and economic contribution of refugees in this wonderfully diverse country. It's a cliche, but what Peter Dutton said yesterday was un-Australian. Given his time again he may have chosen a different way to a articulate it, but what's done is done, and I think he needs to apologise. Not only for those arriving now, but for those who have come and gone, giving their blood sweat and tears, and handed down their values to the next generations, who are many of our leaders today.