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    Australia can and should do more to help Syrians fleeing war
    The world is experiencing its worst refugee crisis since World War II, with some 11 million Syrians fleeing for their lives – that’s equivalent to half the population of Australia.
    Australians are known for pitching in during difficult times and we need to urgently pitch in now to help the people of Syria.
    This is a time to open our hearts and do our fair share.
    We can and should offer a safe haven to an extra 20,000 men, women and children fleeing the brutal civil war which has displaced over half the country’s population.
    Already we’ve seen encouraging signs inside the Government for helping more Syrian refugees. Let’s show the Government that Australians support doing our fair share and helping out those in need.
    Call on Tony Abbott to offer safe haven to at least 20,000 Syrians now.

    Here is the link to sign:

    http://www.asrc.org.au/campaigns/syrian_crisis/



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    Quote Originally Posted by hopeful1986 View Post
    Was anyone listening to FiFi and Dave this morning? The story about the girl who was raped in the offshore detention centre by a worker so badly her stomach bled. And they won't allow her to see her family. And this is happening regularly. So many human rights abuses and the government was to put a law in place silencing staff from speaking about it. The way we are treating refugees is abhorrent. Turning them away and if we do take them in, allow them to be abused and treated like scum. The conditions at our detention centers are abysmal. They deserve better lives. Not to go from one hell to another.

    We have the capabilities to take a HUGE amount of refugees in and I'm disgusted that our government is trying so hard to stop it. And equally disgusted that there are people who are backing up these inhumane policies (of not letting them in). Australia is basically a stolen country! And WE are turning people away???! Infuriating.
    Please don't assume all detention centres are like that. I live in a town where there was a detention centre and know many who work there some whom are officers. They have all they need there, they are not prisons, they have huge areas, the best medical care, all the technology, a pool, a huge oval, day outings to places local people don't get the chance to visit and tourists pay big money to visit. They are treated well.

    Offshore detention centres may be different.

    Australia is becoming over populated not to mention the stress on our welfare system. We should concentrate on looking after people already living here including pensioners and helping those living on the streets. We simply can't and shouldn't be expected to assist those in other countries all the time, we shouldn't have to be responsible for the unfortunate circumstances in other countries. There has to be a limit.

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    So what? Not all detention centers...my point is even one is too many.

    And the welfare system is stretched because not enough funding is going towards it...and there can be. And we SHOULD be expected to help because they are still human beings who deserve a safe place to live their lives and we are more than able to take them in. Just because they aren't Australian citizens, doesn't mean we should turn them away.

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    What if tomorrow Australia found itself in civil war. Your, mine and literally millions of families have dead husbands, children and are starving to death. Your home no longer exists, it's been bombed to the ground, in fact your whole town has been. The govt has broken down and there is no aid out there in any form.

    Would you want another country to help you and your 3 boys get the hell out of here, or would you be fine with them turning their back on you and saying meh, not my problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Please don't assume all detention centres are like that. I live in a town where there was a detention centre and know many who work there some whom are officers. They have all they need there, they are not prisons, they have huge areas, the best medical care, all the technology, a pool, a huge oval, day outings to places local people don't get the chance to visit and tourists pay big money to visit. They are treated well.

    Offshore detention centres may be different.

    Australia is becoming over populated not to mention the stress on our welfare system. We should concentrate on looking after people already living here including pensioners and helping those living on the streets. We simply can't and shouldn't be expected to assist those in other countries all the time, we shouldn't have to be responsible for the unfortunate circumstances in other countries. There has to be a limit.
    We are responsible as global citizens. We are expected to help because we are a first world country with the capacity to do a hell of a lot more than we are currently doing.
    If Germany can take 800,000 we can do more than a measly 20,000.
    I for one would open my home to a family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post

    Australia is becoming over populated not to mention the stress on our welfare system. We should concentrate on looking after people already living here including pensioners and helping those living on the streets. We simply can't and shouldn't be expected to assist those in other countries all the time, we shouldn't have to be responsible for the unfortunate circumstances in other countries. There has to be a limit.
    So, we are being encouraged to have lots of kids in our now overpopulated country? That makes no sense.

    We SHOULD be expected to help those in need. What is your suggestion? Leave them to die? Let someone else deal with it?

    The welfare system is under strain due to the government moving funding from it. Not because of refugees.

    And regarding the detention centre - are you suggesting that they are lying?

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    Would you say it to their face?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Please don't assume all detention centres are like that. I live in a town where there was a detention centre and know many who work there some whom are officers. They have all they need there, they are not prisons, they have huge areas, the best medical care, all the technology, a pool, a huge oval, day outings to places local people don't get the chance to visit and tourists pay big money to visit. They are treated well.

    Offshore detention centres may be different.

    Australia is becoming over populated not to mention the stress on our welfare system. We should concentrate on looking after people already living here including pensioners and helping those living on the streets. We simply can't and shouldn't be expected to assist those in other countries all the time, we shouldn't have to be responsible for the unfortunate circumstances in other countries. There has to be a limit.
    How about forget about countries for a minute and see them as human beings. We are all from one big country called earth. What makes u any more worthy than them of a safe place to lay ur head at night?

    I think you will find your ancestors came here by boat too 😏

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    We are responsible as global citizens. We are expected to help because we are a first world country with the capacity to do a hell of a lot more than we are currently doing.
    If Germany can take 800,000 we can do more than a measly 20,000.
    I for one would open my home to a family.
    Not disagreeing with the sentiment expressed in this post but Germany are not taking 800,000 for settling. They are only processing them and then they will be transferred to other parts of Europe. Germany will keep many but not close to 800,000 (unless this has changed since yesterday).

    But otherwise yes the Australian governments position is absolutely pathetic and basically racist.

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