Comments: Refugees are humans

This is a fine article by David Walker concerning the worldwide issue of asylum seekers. The Australian government (of both major political persuasions) has shown a distinctive heartlessness towards those seeking shelter. Only the Greens Party in our country has anything like a compassionate stance on this issue but unfortunately attracts only a small percentage of voters. I call it Australia's 'siege mentality'. People look at the relatively high youth unemployment rate, the lack of affordable housing in most major cities and other domestic issues and focus on those. Governments need to be encouraged to work together for a solution. If conditions could be improved in countries where people are fleeing persecution this would obviously be a step in the right direction.

Posted by Pam at Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at 10:44pm BST

Thank goodness Bishop David has said it as it is. The number of refugees our country is willing to accept from Syria and Eritrea is pathetic because of their fear that it may put off voters. Our government's financial help to the rescue attempts has been outstripped by donations from ordinary people in this country and that says something really good about British compassion and generosity.

Posted by Una Kroll at Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 11:21am BST
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