The Courier-Mail

ASY­LUM SEEK­ERS COSTLY

- Society · Immigration · Kangaroo Point · Woody Point · Townsend, Tennessee

FREDERIKA Steen (Let­ters, Aug 10) is con­cerned that the asy­lum seek­ers held at Kan­ga­roo Point might be moved from their in­ner-sub­urbs ho­tel to “more iso­lated” Pinkenba.

It seems moot. In ei­ther case they can’t go out.

Steen has at­tended demon­stra­tions where masks are worn and so­cial dis­tanc­ing is main­tained.

That’s fine, but shut­ting the Story Bridge is more than just a protest, and even one death as a re­sult of the protest is one too many.

More so, when it can have no ef­fect other than to dis­rupt peo­ple go­ing peace­fully about their busi­ness.

Peo­ple are stressed out over coro­n­avirus. Think about the peo­ple liv­ing in aged care.

Give the asy­lum seek­ers per­ma­nent res­i­dence, says Steen, and they will work and pay taxes. Where are the jobs?

They can go back to where they came from. Then maybe the $100,000 it costs to re­lease them into the com­mu­nity could be given to pen­sion­ers. It doesn’t cost $100,000 to keep me, so I would love it.

Ross Clark, Woody Point

G. TOWNSEND (Let­ters, Aug 8) raises the hoary old chest­nut that pro­test­ers against the plight of refugees should vol­un­teer to house them.

It may come as a sur­prise to him that many have writ­ten to gov­ern­mend do­ing just that but have been met with stony si­lence.

The rea­son for this is that the gov­ern­ment would pre­fer to use them as hostages in­def­i­nitely to de­ter oth­ers at a cost of $350,000 per per­son a year.

The more salient ques­tion is why, apart from the hu­man­i­tar­ian con­cerns, our hard-earned tax dol­lars are be­ing wan­tonly wasted in this way?

Martin Wal­ton, Up­per Ke­dron

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