Overseas immigration posts should be staffed by Australian nationals

The incidence of fraud in the processing of migration applications at overseas immigration posts is a major problem and it needs to be addressed.  There are countless stories in particular of Christians being discriminated against in favour of Muslims in Australian embassies in the Middle East which contain immigration posts staffed by locals. We can thank the economic rationalists in Treasury who back in the 1980’s thought it was a clever way to save money by staffing overseas immigration posts with locals. The provision and approval of fraudulent documentation is also an ongoing problem, and it raises considerable security risks and serious doubt as to whether appropriate security and health checks are being undertaken. The other aspect of fraudulent activity relates to the payment of bribes as a pre condition for the successful processing of applications offshore.  Once again, such activity poses a significant security risk to Australia and its border security. It is also important to prevent discrimination at the ‘front office’ of these immigration posts, where potential applicants for immigration to Australian are simply told to not lodge an application.  This has been a common complaint for many years by Coptic Christians in the Middle East. It’s therefore about time that staffing arrangements for immigration posts that can be classified as ‘sensitive’ are staffed exclusively with Australian nationals. I reckon the following countries should be classified sensitive:

  • India
  • China
  • Pakistan
  • Jordan
  • Libya
  • Lebanon
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Russia
  • Indonesia
  • Egypt

Australian nationals should replace almost all locally engaged employees.  This will at least ensure that locally based officials could not act in a discriminatory or inappropriate manner when dealing with immigration applications. Given the current threat from ISIL you’d think it would be a small price to pay. If you think you’ve heard this stuff before, you’re dead right. This used to be Coalition policy.  It’s about time they bloody well made good on it.