It is appropriate for Australia to lead the charge in opening our arms to Hong Kongers fleeing China’s “broken promises and despotism” according to Liberal Senator James Patterson.
The federal government is considering offering safe haven visas to Hong Kong residents as Beijing officially passes national security laws which criminalize any form of dissidence in the autonomous Chinese territory.
Senator Patterson said China passing the laws pertaining to Hong Kong citizens proves the Chinese Communist Party is willing to “break every single promise” it made to the people of Hong Kong and the world in 1997.
“You’d be hard pressed to find better potential migrants than the people of Hong Kong,” Senator Patterson told Sky News host Paul Murray.
“We should open our arms”.