The remarks by Teresa Gambaro that migrants, including those on temporary visas, need compulsory training about hygiene are unhelpful, the Australian Greens said today.
"By all means, inform migrants about how they can access services in Australia or how our legal system works," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.
"But focusing on body odour is blatant dog whistling from the Coalition.
"Each generation of new migrants faces difficulties in adapting to life in Australia. They should be welcomed for the contributions they can make, not denigrated. Political leadership requires us to work toward a more cohesive society, not by tearing it with puerile comments.
"How can Ms Gambaro, herself from a migrant family, distinguish in an Australian crowd who is a migrant and who is not? By her ridiculous, selective test of who has body odour and who is not queuing?
"Ms Gambaro should withdraw her comments and apologise, and Tony Abbot should clarify whether this is the Coalition's new policy."