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Twitter explodes after Peter Dutton calls refugees 'illitterate' and 'innumerate'

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton Source: AAP

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has come under fire for suggesting refugees as ‘illiterate’ and ‘innumerate’ who ‘would take Australian jobs’.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has come under fire for suggesting refugees as ‘illiterate’ and ‘innumerate’ who ‘would take Australian jobs’.

He made the comments on Sky News, saying that unemployment would rise if Australia dramatically increases its refugee intake.

"For many people they won't be numerate or literate in their own language let alone English... these people would be taking Australian jobs and there is no question about that," Mr Dutton told Sky News.

Mr Dutton said those who couldn't find work would "languish in unemployment queues".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop defended Mr Dutton's comments on Sky News on Wednesday, saying "of course the cost of ensuring people who come here, to Australia, as a refugee is very high".

"Peter Dutton's pointing out the self-evident fact that it costs a great deal of money to settle people in Australia," she said.

"The costs involved are also education costs, teaching people English because they speak another language - these are all significant costs and we shouldn't run away from that fact.

"There is a significant cost in ensuring that people are able to contribute to Australian society, that is they are able to speak our language, they can get a job, they can make a contribution."

Labor has pledged to ramp up the intake to 27,000 and the Greens policy is 50,000 while the Coalition supports the existing intake of 13,750 that rises to 18,750 in 2018-19.

The comments have kicked up a storm on social media.        

Source AAP
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