I found this very sobering. Feel so lucky I happened to be born in this country right now
As for the stress on our welfare system, you've been quite vocal about not getting enough government assistance in the past... before your dh took a pay cut. You weren't so concerned about government finances then.
It's pure luck that you & I were born in Australia. These could have been YOUR children. It could have been YOUR husband that was murdered when YOUR town was blasted to smithereens. It could have been YOU having to choose between putting your family on an unsafe boat in the hopes of a better future or staying in your war torn country and not knowing whether you will survive the night.
We can, and we should be expected- especially in situations where the government wants to actually be part of the problem (asking to be involved in the air strikes? REALLY?). These are human beings, and not a problem.
You MAKE room for them. These people NEED somewhere to go. Stop letting other immigrants in for a while, and instead let refugees in.
The money and resources IS there, we just spend it on other stuff- like politician's grossly overpaid wages, elections, etc.
ETA: yes there does have to be a limit. A REASONABLE limit. 20000 is not reasonable given our resources, and if you think it is, you need to research it more.
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Not only should we help those refugees fleeing but we should also be looking at why these people are fleeing their homelands and make it safe for them to live there in the first place or make it safe for them to one day return home.
Supporting air strikes, more war and destruction in their homeland and assisting by default an appalling regime who maims and kills their own citizens is certainly only making it worse and will encourage even more to become displaced.
And excuse me but I have not complained at all about not getting enough government assistance! I have never relied on centrelink and have worked 3 jobs to get by in recent times rather than sit on my butt and get government assistance and don't complain about it. I would much rather work and help support my family. That's a different issue entirely though.
There are millions of people wanting a better life and if all third world countries took them all in pretty soon first world countries will be third world, economies will collapse and the issues of culture will rear it's ugly head. I don't know what the answer is, I just feel Australia is doing as much as it should and can.
We are not suggesting that we take unsustainable numbers. Recently I read WA is willing to take 10,000 while SA wants to take at least 800.
Do you think that the above numbers are too much for our 'overpopulated' country?
If over population was a genuine concern of yours you wouldn't have chosen to have 3 children.
KG, I'm point blank asking you to leave the thread. I'm not even going to touch your comments as you obviously haven't read the whole thread or the links provided. As always you're not open to having a meaningful discussion about the issues at hand.
Australia is spending 1.1 billion on offshore processing. You have the means to take on more refugees and deal with them humanely. You're just not willing to spend the money differently.
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