Asylum seekers go from nothing to zero under cruel policy

Asylum seekers go from nothing to zero under cruel policy.

Some have already dismissed the above referenced article because it is written by a former prime minister whose approach to immigration was more draconian than now. Some folks are tired of me posting and referring to articles on this topic. “Give it a rest,” they say.

My response is “Why?” Particularly when this article is referring to asylum seekers already received. Don’t we see what we have become? Once upon a time we had community goodwill and involvement in locally based  refugee resettlement schemes that cost very little and gave firm footing for recipients to become contributing integrated members of our society.

Now we have officially sanctioned fear, prejudice and cynicism.

When did we become so mean-spirited and callous? Why do we cry over cattle but not our fellow human beings? How will we recover the community values of hospitality, generosity and a fair go for the battler that are all but a distant memory where those fleeing persecution, danger and death are concerned?

I’ll keep posting until there’s a seismic shift on current community and government values.

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A year or three into the sizzliing sixties. Still learning that the more I know, the more I don't know. What I do know, however, I know well.

Posted on June 13, 2011, in Personal, refugees and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. People tire simply because this is not happening to them. It takes a host of courageous, persistent voices like yours to refuse to let us ignore the plight of human beings who desperately need change.

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  2. Thanks Kate – I don’t usually lash out like a grumpy old man – but it’s Monday! :-)

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  3. Thank you for being honest Dennis. Thank you also for continuing to post on the topic, despite the fatigue and despite the veritable tide of public and political rhetoric which seems overwhelming. I’ve occasionally found myself thinking “well maybe x approach isn’t so bad…” but it is helpful to be reminded of the humanity of these people and that we as a nation can do better.

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