Dear Mothers and Fathers,
I don’t believe Australians are all completely racist, but if you want to weigh in on asylum seekers publicly, please inform yourself of the reasons people are driven to leave their countries. You can even simply read Wikipedia.
Government, either Labor or Liberal, doesn’t want you to be happy with the idea of people who are innocent, fleeing their usually war ravaged lands, because if we were, they wouldn’t be able to do what they are doing now, which is forcing people into horrendous, and often unsafe environments for long periods of time. Now, almost indefinitely.
“On Friday, Prime Minister Rudd announced that all asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement – regardless of whether they’re found to have a legitimate claim for asylum. Whether you abhor or reluctantly support it, there’s no denying what this policy means: detaining asylum seekers in tents on a malarial island off the coast of an impoverished, violence-ridden state. We are sending refugees to a country Australia has actually sheltered refugees from” -Getup Australia
Australian Mothers and Fathers, I hope we never, ever have to be forced into a similar situation where we need to flee somewhere in fear of persecution.
Seeking asylum is a Human right.
- (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
- (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
ie: if you’re a convicted criminal, you cant seek asylum. You are however, still entitled to the other human rights.
If you are worried that these people are coming here and sexually assaulting “our women”, as seems to be the main response as to why some people feel the boats should be “turned back” or blown up please also remember that there are plenty of Australian deviants who commit the same crimes every single day. They don’t get the publicity that the asylum seekers who have been accused get. Because that’s not topical and it doesn’t support the cause. The cause is to make you hate them, in general, so you will turn a blind eye.
The majority of sexual assaults, particularly against women, go unreported.
In 2005, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey estimated that only 36 per cent of female victims of physical assault and 19 per cent of female victims of sexual assault in Australia reported the incident to police.
For the victims of these alleged assaults, recently reported in the news, to have the assault’s occurrence framed as, based and focused on the nationality or the fact that the person who committed the crime happens to have been a refugee, is not only a statistical anomaly, but an obvious political slant and media beat up. We are in an election year, after all.
What are the odds that you know someone who has committed a crime.? What are the odds that in your own community there is someone who has committed an act of violence or sexual assault?
That doesn’t mean that you deserve to be rounded up and persecuted, does it? That’s guilt by association, isn’t it?
By the very reasoning that some people are having, in regard to asylum seekers, yes you do. You’re exactly the same as everyone else who has done unlawful things because you’re from “that” group of people in a community. You do not deserve a second chance. You should go back to where you came from. You clearly have ideals that are not the same as the “majority” of Australians, and you deserve to die, preferably on an island somewhere, where no one can hear you scream.
Not very “Australian” is it? Not much of a “fair go” ….Now what do you do? You cant go back to where you came from because everyone hates you and thinks you should die. Where do you go now?
Mothers and Fathers, please think on your own opinions, and how they cause a deep, bred in, rift in the political future of this country, and think again, before you teach your children to hate someone they have never met.