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Malcolm Turnbull says Australia's immigration policy is 'non-discriminatory and will remain that way'

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said Australia's immigration policy is "non-discriminatory and will remain that way", following television host Sonia Kruger’s controversial call for Australia to close its borders to Muslim immigrants.

Kruger appeared on the Today show this morning and expressed support for a Herald Sun article by Andrew Bolt, which linked Muslim immigration with France's recent terror attacks.

“Personally I think Andrew Bolt has a point here, that there is a correlation between the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorist attacks,” Kruger said.

She went on to say that she would like Australia's borders closed to Muslims.

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia's non-discriminatory immigration program will continue. © Stefan Postles/Getty Images Malcolm Turnbull says Australia's non-discriminatory immigration program will continue. Mr Turnbull responded to the calls this afternoon, insisting that Australia would never discriminate on race or religion. 

"I'm not going to run a commentary on the commentators. But as you know Australia has a non-discriminatory immigration program and a non-discriminatory humanitarian program, and has done for many, many years and that is not going to change," he said.

Kruger's co-host David Campbell interjected during her comments on the Today show, and said he would like to see "freedom of religion".

"This breeds hate, this sort of article breeds hate," he said.

Sonia Kruger has hit back at people who had labelled her "racist". © AAP Image/Joe Castro Sonia Kruger has hit back at people who had labelled her "racist". Kruger later took to Twitter to hit back at users who had labelled her "racist" for the comments, saying she believed she had a right to discuss the issue.

This afternoon, television and radio presenter Ben Fordham spoke out in support of his colleague, saying he would "rather be honest than popular".

"I think Sonia Kruger should be congratulated first and foremost for speaking her mind and not worrying about what everyone is going to say about her for speaking her mind," he said on his 2GB Drive program.

"And I think she’d be surprised if she knew how many people in Australia agree with her.

"While an outright ban on Muslim immigration might sound extreme, that's where we'll be headed if we have more terror attacks because of radical Islam."

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