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Dutton not fit to hold office: Greens

AAP logoAAP 26/11/2016

Greens leader Richard Di Natale is calling for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's sacking over his comments linking terrorism with Lebanese Muslim immigration under the Frazer government.

Speaking in Perth at the Greens 2016 National Conference on Saturday, Dr Di Natale said Mr Dutton was driving a wedge through the community with racist statements.

"Those shameful and calculated attacks on Australian-born Lebanese Muslims was a deliberate divide and conquer approach... this is feeding people's fears and anxieties - it's putting us at greater risk," Senator Di Natale told reporters.

"The prime minister likes to talk a big game when it comes to how wonderful multiculturalism Australia is, well now back it up and sack minister Dutton."

Senator Di Natale also slammed rumours the government will introduce language tests for new immigrants, calling them racist and further proof Mr Dutton was unfit for office.

"This is a country that has been built on the back immigration - we should be proud of it," he said.

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