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'Ask them to leave': Aussie minister issues 'racist' statement about Irish people

'Ask them to leave': Aussie minister issues 'racist' statement about Irish people

An Australian minister has become embroiled in controversy following a comment made about people with Irish accents.

Consumer Affairs Minister, Marlene Kairouz, advised Australian homeowners toย โ€œautomatically ask anyone with an Irish accentโ€ to leave when commenting at the launch of a conmen awareness campaign on October 29.

Her comments can be viewed below.

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The comments, which have angered Irish expats down under, have been labelled as "blatantlyย racist."

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Minister Kairouz has since issued an apology via a series of tweets:

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Australia is home to around 70,000 Irish-born people, while some two million claim Irish heritage.

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