There has been an incredible story in the news recently about a remote tribe that has lived unchanged for over 30,000 years.
The Sentinelese people are aggressive towards outsiders and it is illegal to attempt to contact them.
Experts have explained that this is because any contact with the outside world would have a devastating impact on their way of life. The Sentinelese people have also made it clear they want to be left alone.
Pauline Hanson moved to ask the Senate to acknowledge the terrible impact immigration would have on the Sentinelese people and to support them in their desire to protect their way of life through the enforcement of their strict zero-gross immigration policy.
However, the government blocked the motion being tabled. Senator Hanson said:
The Government refused to allow a vote on this matter citing diplomacy concerns. I responded with the following statement.
The case of the isolated people of the North Sentinel Islands has highlighted a fact that many in this place are reluctant to admit. That immigration can have a devastating effect on a people’s culture and way of life. You would be hard pressed to find a single expert who would argue against protecting the Sentinelese peoples culture and way of life through limiting migration to their island. I for one will not be condemning the Sentinelese as racist for keeping their borders closed, nor will I condemn them for their lack of diversity. All peoples should have a right to decide their own fate and I’m disappointed the Senate refused to join me in acknowledging this.