WE CAN AFFORD TO BE GENEROUS
ACCORDING to the Red Cross, there are 18 million asylum seekers in the world. People ripped from their homelands, separated from family and depending on the kindness of strangers for food and shelter. Most of them live in squalid camps in Third World counties with not enough food and water. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says Australia has 5000 people in detention centres and 28,000 living in the community on bridging visas. A tiny percentage of the overall figures. A survey of 1000 Australians by the Red Cross showed 70 per cent of respondents believed it was illegal to come by boat without a visa and seek refuge in this country. They are wrong. It is not illegal to cross borders without documents, if you are running from persecution or war. Even in Australia, refugees face hardship and have limited support. We can afford to be generous to people who genuinely need our protection.
Rick Lee - Editor