Friday, 27 June 2014

Some Reading I Have Been Doing About Refugees ...

Just for a change of tack let's talk about something real and very serious - the inhumane way we treat asylum seekers.
Yes asylum seekers or refugees NOT illegal immigrants.
Do you know that under the UN anyone has the right, yes the right to seek asylum in any country they choose.
We have a duty to provide asylum to them - yes of course they need to be assessed but we do not need to treat them so despicably.
I, for one, am ashamed of how our country treats these desperate people.
Here is an article that discusses a better way to go and a workable solution if only the politicians could be human and stop playing politics.
It make me sick to the stomach that the general public is so easily brainwashed and turned against an already disadvantaged people.
Heartbreaking.

Here is the link if you wish to read the whole article by Julian Burnside :
http://www.mamamia.com.au/asylum-seekers-hub/julian-burnside-asylum-seekers/?TW-3#IsZjJPXIKy7SpJT3.97

Here's an excerpt from the article:
"However, even if every boat person stayed on full Centrelink benefits for the whole time it took to decide their refugee status, it would cost the government only about $500 million a year, all of which would go into the economy of country towns.  By contrast, the current system costs between $4 billion and $5 billion a year.  We would save billions of dollars a year, and we would be doing good rather than harm."

So it costs us more in money terms to mistreat these refugees and 'detain' them than to allow them to live and work in our community.
If saving money is important then why does the govt continue to do things like this?

Anyway maybe have a read and make up your own mind.

So this blog is not just about my jewellery and other artists but anything at all.
So just saying ...
Contributions of thoughts and ideas are welcome...

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