Refugee de­bate a good thing for re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - TOBI LOFTUS

THIS past week I have had many dis­cus­sions with many different peo­ple about their views on the coun­cil’s refugee pro­posal.

There is a wide range of views on the sub­ject, from peo­ple ad­vo­cat­ing pas­sion­ately for the pro­posal to al­low refugees into the re­gion, to staunchly against the pro­posal be­cause of lack of in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices avail­able to the refugees, as well as a short­age of jobs.

The dis­cus­sions I have had with peo­ple have been cour­te­ous and po­lite, the way a de­bate should be held.

De­bat­ing con­tro­ver­sial top­ics, whether it be to al­low refugees into the re­gion, what the coun­cil should spend your money on, how you see the re­gion go­ing for­ward, these are con­ver­sa­tions we have to have as a re­gion.

The North Bur­nett has a 0% pop­u­la­tion growth pre­dic­tion. How can we fix that? Be­cause with­out pop­u­la­tion growth, our towns will surely shrink.

Is wel­com­ing a group of refugees into an al­ready mul­ti­cul­tural re­gion, thanks to back­pack­ers, the right thing to do?

It’s not for me, as a jour­nal­ist, to an­swer those questions. It is up to all of you to de­cide and I know we here at the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times will work our hard­est to bring you the truth and the facts.

It’s good to see, for the most part, the de­bate oc­cur­ring in such a cour­te­ous and po­lite way, es­pe­cially af­ter last year where glob­ally we saw a lot of de­bates get quite ugly.

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