DISGUST OVER HASTIE’S REMARKS
DEAR Mr Hastie, among other things, I would like to express my disgust and horror at your remarks about the coming postal survey.
You are undoubtedly a fine young man but you are my Federal representative and I am appalled at the right wing, religious, racist and punitive attitude of yourself and the government you are part of.
Firstly, the postal survey of same sex marriage. When two people love each other and decide to get married it is their decision, regardless of what sex they are. It is also their decision whether they want to - or are able to have children. Marriage is not purely for procreation and God doesn’t necessarily come into it.
The drug testing for new recipients of the dole is yet another humiliation for people who are struggling to survive and cannot get a job for the simple reason there are none. The AMA says it’s wrong, lawyers say it’s wrong, welfare charities and advocates say it is punitive and wrong, all the latest data says it’s wrong. How much more evidence is needed? People need support, drug rehabilitation, jobs, housing etc.
Torturing and imprisoning refugees on the ridiculous idea that you are saving lives is the most appalling lie this government and the opposition have ever come up with. If you are a true Christian, I am of the understanding that you would do all in your power to make sure that people who flee to us for protection – in whatever form they can - would be cared for with compassion and would be welcomed as part of our community.
I’m disgusted that government and opposition maintain the lie purely for their own warped political ideas.
Please support me and the many advocates in changing the policy on asylum seekers and help fight to bring the few distressed souls here that we are imprisoning on Manus and Naru. The world has never seen such a massive movement of refugees fleeing terror. Australia must not continue its horrific attitude to refugees.
Finally, giving energy suppliers a telling off and demanding they write letters to consumers will do nothing to lower energy costs. We need to divest from fossil fuels such as coal and gas and join the rest of the world in investing in renewables and storage. This is your and my children’s future! Beryl Francis Halls Head