Friday, April 13, 2007

Scary Australian Bush

John Howard doesn't want HIV+ people moving to Australia:

MELBOURNE, Australia - Prime Minister John Howard said Friday that people with
HIV should not be allowed to migrate to Australia, and that the government was investigating whether it could tighten existing restrictions.

Asked in a radio interview whether people with the virus that causes AIDS should be allowed into Australia as migrants or refugees, Howard said he would like to take "more counsel" on the issue, but added, "My initial reaction is no."

He said that there may be "humanitarian considerations" in certain cases.

"I think we should have the most stringent possible conditions in relation to that nationwide, and I know the health minister is concerned about that and is examining ways of tightening things up," Howard said.