US to benefit from refugees
Ray Hadley recently said the refugees going to the
United States were dressed as if on a catwalk (Editorial, “Talk of shame”, September 30-October 6). I wonder who Peter Dutton is speaking to when he replies, “We didn’t ask people to hop on the boats.” In this sentence he reduces the actions of desperate people, the majority of whom have been acknowledged as refugees by the rules and regulations of his department, to people on a joy ride. It reveals his attitude to human rights and his steadfast resistance to showing any sympathy for, and knowledge of, asylum seekers. Having a well-founded fear of persecution is irrespective of how well off you are. In reality, those with a better education and employment are often more aware of their human rights and have the confidence to speak out when they are violated. If they are targeted because of this, they need to escape and become asylum seekers. They also become contributing members of the community that welcomes and accepts them. Australia is missing out on such citizens; our loss is the US’s gain.
– Helen Hill, Brunswick East, Vic