Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

PRO­POSED hous­ing of about 1000 Syr­ian asy­lum seek­ers at the Clare­mont Show­ground demon­strates what a com­mu­nity can do with a kind heart and some lead­er­ship. Premier Colin Bar­nett and the RAS lead­er­ship should be ap­plauded for their pre-emp­tive re­marks to help these vic­tims of geopol­i­tics and sec­tar­ian con­flict. But do not for­get the trig­ger caus­ing Tony’s Ab­bott’s Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to change course about at least some asy­lum seek­ers. It was a pho­to­graph of a three-year-old boy on a Turk­ish beach, drowned be­cause his par­ents sought sanc­tu­ary from civil war in Syria. Ear­lier com­pas­sion and aware­ness of the Syr­ian dis­as­ter by Aus­tralia may have pre­vented other deaths. Jon Bas­sett


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