White South African farmers may soon be able to emigrate more easily to Australia because of the “horrific circumstances” under which many are living in SA. The Australian Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, has revealed that his department is investigating various methods for SA farmers to have their visas fast-tracked on humanitarian, refugee or other visa programmes.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Dutton said SA farmers deserve “special attention” after reports that they face losing their land, and are being murdered at a rate of one per week.

He said “the people we’re talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia”, and added “we want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare. And I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.”