I support assylum seekers who are arriving by boat. I believe that anyone who leaves their country, their family, their friends and travels such an unknown path must be escaping from something horrific that we can't only begin to imagine. More than 80 percent of the assylum seekers who arrive by boat in Australia are genuine refugees who are eventually given assylum. Many of them are from countries that do not have an Australian embassy or consulate that they can apply to for refugee status. Many have to leave in a hurry to save their lives and their children's lives. I would pay to save my life and my children's lives..wouldn't you? Or would you wait in line while the bombs go off around you?
I think we in Australia take our lifestyle and luxuries for granted because we have never had war, dictators, famine, persecution on our shores...so we find it very hard to understand what life in other countries is like eg Afghanistan, Iran.
I agree that there are many many people stuck in refugee camps in many countries particularly Africa but does that mean we don't open our hearts and welcome those who manage to get here?
We are a big wealthy country, it seems mean spirited and selfish to turn people away who just want to live in peace without wars and persecution, be able to feed their children, and sleep at night knowing that they can have a healthy future..just like us.
We already have the shame of how we treated and treat the Aborigines, let's not add to this shame with another chapter of shabby selfish, cruel behaviour.