Sydney - Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has doubled down on his comment about "persecuted" white farmers from South Africa and his desire to bring them to "a civilised country like ours."
Dutton first gained attraction after he said on Wednesday evening the white farmers deserve "special attention" because they face violence and land seizures.
Dutton said he has directed his department to explore whether the farmers can be accepted into Australia through refugee, humanitarian or other visas, including the in-country persecution visa Category.
"I think in this circumstance we do need to look at the persecution that's taking place," Dutton told Sydney's 2GB radio on Thursday.
Dutton said the South African expat community in Australia "work hard and integrate well into Australian society."