Refugee intake to be expanded

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As Europe struggles to manage the flood of refugees from Syria and Iraq, Tony Abbott has promised Australia will “step up to the plate” and increase its humanitarian intake from this part of the world. However, the increased intake will remain within the Government’s agreed overall refugee program of 13,750 resettled per year.

The Government had agreed last year that Australia would take 4500 refugees from the war-torn area of Syria, and in a response to the “humanitarian disaster”, the Prime Minister announced yesterday that “we are proposing to take more people from this region as part of our very substantial commitment. Our focus will be on families and women and children, especially of persecuted minorities, who have sought refuge in camps neighbouring Syria and Iraq.”

Mr Abbott said he had been moved by “the horrific imagery of that little boy washed up on a beach in Turkey” and that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would be heading to Geneva for talks with the UN refugee agency. The Government will also consider further funding to help the humanitarian effort for those in refugee camps. “Australia, as always, will step up to the plate. We always do when there is a problem in the world,” Mr Abbott said.

However, the Prime Minister is still committed to taking military action in Syria, with the Cabinet’s National Security Committee to meet this week to discuss extending air strikes into the area.

Labor leader Bill Shorten and the Greens want an immediate increase in the intake of refugees. “Labor believes that we can take more refugees in Australia. We should also be providing greater resources to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees,” Mr Shorten said, with the Greens calling for 20,000 refugees to be taken as a matter of urgency.

The announcement by the Prime Minister comes after impassioned pleas by NSW and South Australian premiers. Mike Baird took to Facebook on Saturday with his plea, “It is a great thing that we don’t have children drowning at sea trying to get to our shores. That has been a significant humanitarian achievement. But stopping the boats can’t be where this ends. It is surely where humanitarianism begins.” His South Australian counterpart, Jay Weatherill offered support, “We certainly will be offering South Australia as an open and welcoming destination for those Syrians fleeing violence,” he said.

Read more at ABC.net.au

Opinion: A step in the right direction

No one who saw the image of three-year-old Aylan’s body washed up on the beach in Turkey could fail to be moved by the plight of those fleeing Syria to try and save their families. As is often the case, it takes a truly tragic and confronting image to jolt people out of their slumber and into action. However, the reality is that children as young, and even younger than Aylan face fear on a daily basis, many of them too young to know a life that is any different.

The crisis in Syria and the resulting influx of refugees to Europe is not just something that is happening ‘over there’, it’s incumbent on us all to accept that we have a humanitarian obligation to help where we can. These are not people seeking a better life on whim; these are people who are fleeing for their lives. As has been well documented, the Asad regime’s indiscriminate barrel bombing of civilians, the ruthlessness of IS when it comes to taking over towns and villages and the atrocities they will have seen and endured, will be more than we can ever hope to understand.

So well done Mr Abbott for responding in a way that we all should and that is to “step up to the plate” and help where we can. How many refugees Australia takes will be up for discussion. For those living their lives in fear it will never be enough, but it’s a start and one which goes a little way to restoring my faith in government and politicians.

What do you think? Do you believe that including the increased number of Syrian refugees in Australia’s existing 13,750 quota is the correct response? Or do you agree with the Greens and Labor that there should be a significant increase in our total quota of refugees?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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    Abbott should remember this country was built on the backs of refugees after WW2

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      Well said! How many of us don’t have some ties to other countries? – only those who are truly indigenous. Maybe we should leave the decision on how many refugees we take in to our indigenous peoples!

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      Why should we do that Saalbach, when it’s every Australian taxpayer that will be paying for it?

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      Post-WWII refugees were of similar culture, similar religions and similar family values. When they arrived, they were given nothing. They were lucky to get a temporary roof over their heads. There were no hand-outs because they were sent to work wherever work was available. Italian, Greek, Polish wives and girlfriends were not treated like dirt by their men, as we see from the people forcing their cultures and religions into our society today. They were hard-working nation builders who adopted our customs and social ways. Just because immigration worked well after WWII, doesn’t mean it is working so well now, or even that it has worked well since the 1970’s when we imported Asian gangs with fighting methods totally alien to Australian men whose only form of defence was a fist-fight. As a result we see violence of a type never before thought of: street-knifings, kicking, eye gouging, machete violence, nunchucks. Be careful what we wish for. Times change, and it happens so slowly we do not properly forecast the error of our ways. When all the recent decades’ politicians are safely locked up together behind fancy retirement village gates, it’s their grand-children who will be left walking the streets with the mess they made of careless, incompatible immigration policies.

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      Yep, Yorky, if we did that we might get a decision you didn’t like. Let’s not offer help to anyone, just in case it costs us something.

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      Can you imagine Australia in 100 years’ time? Just have a look see what’s
      happened in Europe. I foresee A LOT of trouble down the line.
      And what about the refugees sitting in camps for years being pushed further back in the so-called queue? Thanks for the true account, Pablo. I don’t support any particular party but Abbott has got it right in terms of turn back the boats. Where are all the women from Syria etc? Dad’s gone ahead and will send for you and the 8 kids once
      he’s ‘established’. Apart from Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, what are all the other
      Arab/Muslim nations doing to help? Zilsch.

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      Saudi Arabia and its Cousins said ..We Don’t Want Them !! They are not of our Kind !!WTF ?

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      Not only Australia took many people…..orphans, families due to poverty as well as wars: South Africa, Latin America, U.S.A., the UK: all did it. Those people made a great contribution and , as it is today: they are part of the nation and the values , culture, language and more. Please let us kook at history and, as a simple example the moors/arabs invaded and stayed in Spain for some 400 years: some good things and contribution but, they were INVASORS. Radicals of all sorts not to be taken here or anywhere – nobody wishes to live in fear, anarchism and else. Stop

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      Not amused…you’ve hit the nail on the head, as we’ve found out the hard way not all immigrants assimilate and fit into our culture. Politicians are too politically correct to admit it but if we don’t look out in a few years time we will have the same problem that the UK, France, Holland etc have. High time pressure was put on the muslim countries to do their bit for their own kind.
      I will watch with fascination how the Germans will cope with the hordes that have arrived and are still coming, not hundreds but thousands, unless they set up tent cities there must be a lot of house & job vacancies!

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      yes SWG some were refugees but also migrants and they were needed and all assimilated, very different to the situation today. Today it seems that if you don’t like where you live you just “invade” another country of your choice as a refugee or asylum seeker and expect to be welcomed; the formal application is just thrown out the window.

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      I spoke to my aunty in Germany last night she said “we cannot be saved” the prob has been going on for some time. they cannot leave their homes, they have to tell the neighbours if they go out otherwise it will be broken into and robbed they go shopping and these people wait for them outside, 150 of them were put into the local school to give them shelter. they burnt it down. they only want free housing, welfare and do not want to work. Germany does not have work its not going well like the media is telling us. the media is not reporting the truth. and don’t forgot the 2 children and wife that drowned he lived in a safe country and was working he got greedy and wanted to have his teeth fixed for nothing he had already been rejected residency in Canada please do not be fooled the the rubbish the media is telling us

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      Trood ..You forget to say and then call us Racists for the SLIGHTEST thing that we object to !! 🙂

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      How many more are like the father of the two boys and wife that drowned? They had been in safety in Turkey for three years, and he was working there. He wanted to go to Europe to get his teeth fixed. Yet it is still reported that they were fleeing Syria, which was so dangerous that he went back to his original village to bury his family.

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      Yes ! Its a Hitchcock Movie if You waltz around the Net and read it all ??? 🙁

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      I see. This story has more twists than Chubby Checker?

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      I’m one of the 1953 boat people, an economic refugee from Europe.

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      Ill bet you never came on a 4 man fishing boat with 150 sardines jammed on it that leaked like sieve !!

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      My forebears – or 50% of them – arrived here by boat in the 1850’s – one lot to escape the Irish Famines, poverty and the Bluidy English – the others were Jews from Hamburg – need I say more about Anti-Semitic Europe?

      The Scots arrived here in the 1880’s for much the same reason as the Irish, and the other Irish lot I’m not sure about – there are too many by that name. Most married into either Irish or Scottish lines with one Sassenach exception from Portsmouth – which could be anything at all, since Portsmouth is the major port of arrival for all kinds from the Empire (at that time). From my colour and stuff she was either perhaps Indian or Chinese or part thereof.

      So regardless of whether or not they arrived by boat or however – the family have been here a very long time, and hardly fit into the definition of ‘new comers’.

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      SGW: Yes. Hard working European IMMIGRANTS. From Christian countries.
      What you miss is that the contemporary lot are from Islamic countries (troubel waiting to unfold) and for the most part see social security payments preferable to getting up and earning a living.
      There is a difference between a ‘new country’ and a ‘land of milk and honey’.

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      I think I will go to the Doctor today. Something is not quite right, I think mick is making sense? Does anyone else see that? Or is it just me?

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      If you do have to go to the Doctor Frank Be prepared to wait behind 20 or 30 Women in head Scarfs with 100 Screaming Kids waiting for a Freeby !! 🙁

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      I read somewhere that Peter Dutton estimates we have over 500.000 Illegal refugees in Australia but the Indigenous people believe it is more like 23 Million, give or take a few and they have a point there.

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    Remember that kid that drowned recently on a “refugee” boat invading Europe?

    Very tragic, right? No one likes to read about a kid losing their life like that.

    Well, here’s the truth about what happened…..

    The father wanted his ‘TEETH’ done in Europe because he had none.

    The family had left Syria in 2012, and were living in Turkey, the father had been there for three years, he had a job, a home and was fit and well.

    They were heading for Europe. Watch the sky interview with his sister in Canada, she explains his reasons.

    ‘Greed’ killed his family. So he was a economic migrant not a refugee.

    But the media plays up only the child dying so that we all feel sorry for these poor innocent “refugees”.

    Pass the tissues please

    Everyone keeps carrying on about the “Syrian refugees”, when so many of them are NOT SYRIAN and many of them are NOT REFUGEES as they are just country shopping, going from one country to the next until they are happy to stop and get the welfare of that country.

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      At least you acknowledge that they are migrants – that’s a start! Pray tell, why did the whole family leave Turkey if the father just wanted to get his teeth done? couldn’t he get them done in Turkey? Don’t they have dentists there, or are they more expensive than dentists in Germany? Sometimes it seems as if those who have been fortunate enough to be able to come to Australia (like someone I know) absolutely hate the idea of others also being given the chance – my acquaintance is bitter because he was promised certain things when he came here after the war, and he didn’t get all he was promised. He therefore doesn’t want the current refugees here now! What’s your story, Pablo – why the bitterness and lack of compassion?

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      How do we distinguish between genuine asylum seekers and economic migrants when the majority have torn up their papers or passports? This is a bandwagon that has been facilitated by poor border controls and an Internet push on welfare benefits available in the EU. I don’t see many of the Middle Eastern countries stepping up to the plate to help their Muslim brothers and sIsters. The media are driving this campaign, but the young men marching their way across Europe don’t look desperate to me. Some have iPhones and selfie sticks! I’m wondering if there is a hidden agenda mixed in with this need for rehoming? The people I feel sorry for are the genuine asylum seekers who are in UNHCR camps in Ethiopia and Eritrea, who don’t have money to pay people smugglers and have hardly a crust to eat. They have been pushed to the back of the queue by this mob, who quite frankly as others have said are just picking and choosing where they want to live…in fact they are demanding it in some cases.

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      were all immigrants so why stop people fleeing from the wars caused by the US and it’s allies the same opportunity

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      Pablo, that’s a complete lie, you’re spreading. Do some research. The truth is out there.

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      Pablo thank you for telling it how it is greed

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      saalback…. the offer went out a couple of years ago to take refugees into our homes and be paid for it. as yet I have not come across one person who is supportive of them taking up the offer I ask you to did you take up the offer. actions speak louder than words

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      marls that offer from the labor government was put because we couldn’t build detention centres fast enough. It was obviously designed to get more welfare in the hands of the existing boat people already settled. Some have left and been back to the battle fields and returned to wander our streets. Your namesake in the parliament will know all about it.

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    This little boy has been used as propaganda and reporters and all the political do gooders out there should hang their heads in shame. The truth is the father had a job and a house in Turkey, where they had lived for 3 years and according to the fathers sister the family wanted to live in Canada to which end she was trying to assist. The father also wanted new teeth. Many of these people are economic and country shopping refugees. Ever noticed how there are so many young men in the pictures shown of those fleeing persecution and wondered why they leave their loved ones to suffer? Genuine refugees need our help but we want to be sure they will assimilate and give back to those that have so generously taken them in, do not forget we have here in Australia many homeless people that just maybe we should be looking after and if we can’t afford that then we can’t afford to take in others.

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      So we will only take those who will repay their “debt” to us, is that right? We can’t give generously to those who are less fortunate, without some strings attached? What a really pitiful world you must live in! Do you realize that most of the successful entrepreneurs in Australia currently were refugee once? They have “repaid” their debt many times over by creating jobs and helping the economy! Yes, let’s help the homeless, but surely we have enough wealth in our country to help refugees, fleeing war and persecution.

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      Saalbach, are you going to offer up your home for these people to live in or expect others to do it for you?

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      I am happy in the first instance to have a good proportion of my taxes used to help these people find the relative peace and security we have here. Aren’t you? I am also happy to donate (several hundred dollars each year) to charities such as Oxfam, Red Cross, etc) who help those less fortunate in other countries such as Africa, Nepal, etc – do you? If out current Govt continues to procrastinate about the plight of these people, I would also probably offer shelter as well if it meant saving their lives- wouldn’t you? Is that the reason for your lack of humanity? – you are scared you might have to give up something?

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      Actually Saalbach, I often find that those who feel the need to brag about their generosity, whilst patronising others for their lack of compassion, are the ones least likely to step up to the plate.

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      I don’t Rave about making Donations to anyone ! I’m a Rat Sniffing Fox Terrier !!
      If I see anything Untoward I let them know about it !!
      Have a Good look at where The Good Samaritan got Lebanon ?? On second thoughts don’t It’ll make You SICK !! :

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      You must lead a very isolated life, then, mixing with only those who share your somewhat blinkered and self centered views. I note however, you did say “often”. Clearly then you admit that you do find those who do what they can to help the needy and who do have compassion for those less fortunate do step up to the plate. Do you? Maybe you can learn from those people? Sorry if you thought I was bragging (I wasn’t, I was making a point) and being patronizing (I was being critical, actually).

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      Jen. I’m sorry that all you can do is abuse someone and call them names, I got my info from watching the sister of the father who said straight out that she had sent money and the father needed new teeth as he had none. Do you have any reason to believe otherwise and if you do please post it, that would be better than making nasty comments and if you are correct you may be educating all the rest of us that have seen and heard this ‘malicious rumour’

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      jen …. sorry but Margie is telling the truth sister in Canada paid $4000 he had a job in turkey (safe country) he just wanted everything free. he also was rejected citizenship in Canada before and I am sick and tired of hearing about this 3yr old every one has forgotten there were 2 little children not one the other is totally ignored and so is their mother

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      well I’ve seen the Whole Story so far ! And what Margie says is true !! And I didn’t get it by reading a Dumbed Down Dhimmi Newspaper of the Australian Variety now !!
      I wouldn’t give 2 Bart about half a Cent for an Aussie Newspaper now ! And as for a Politician’s Speech !! Don’t make Me Laugh !! 🙁

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      And next year we will have to listen to al that Rocky and Bullwinkle again !! 🙁 🙁

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      Margie, calling someone a liar is not abuse, it is stating a fact. I am sick of reading little snippets of his story being pasted into a bunch of lies to make him look bad. In fact, he and his family have had a horrendous time and I do not blame him for trying to seek a save and better life for his family. Read the truth and see if your hatred softens a little. I won’t hold my breath:

      Abdullah Kurdi, the father of the boy who drowned, was detained for 5 months by Syrian Air Force Intelligence in Damascus. While in detention, he was tortured and his teeth were pulled out. He had to sell his shop in Damascus in order to bribe the officers to let him out. This cost him 5,000,000 Syrian Liras (around $25,000)

      After he bribed his way out of jail, Abdullah fled to Aleppo with his wife and sons, Alyan and Ghalib. The situation in Aleppo became dangerous due to the constant aerial bombardment, so they fled again to Kobani, his hometown.

      When ISIS attacked Kobani last year, the family could no longer remain in Syria, so they fled to Turkey. Once in Turkey, the Turkish government refused them all assistance, so they paid almost $6,000 to secure four spots on a rubber dinghy to the Greek island of Kos.

      While on the boat, rough waters caused the boat to flip. The lifejackets they were given proved to be fake. His sons and wife all drowned in front of Abdullah’s eyes, in his arms.

      Kurdi had applied in June for refuge to Canada, but was rejected. After Aylan’s photo became a media story, he was reportedly offered citizenship to Canada. But he doesn’t want to go to Canada or Europe anymore. He says he will go bury his family in Kobani and stay there to fight against ISIS, because everything has been taken away from him and he has “nothing to live for.”

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      As soon as I hear the phrase “do-gooders” I cringe. What’s wrong with trying to do good? why is it used as a way of putting people down? words used like lefties and tree huggers even greens. People who use these phrases and descriptions just give away what newspaper the have been reading and how they have been brainwashed.

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      And how could anybody believe someone would risk their lives and that of their entire family for the chance to get free dental treatment? Sheesh.

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      I might Shove My Whole family into a four Man Rubber Boat with 30 other people an head for New Zilland for a better life !! OOW ? Maybe Not !!

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      Perhaps Jen you need to call the sister a liar, where exactly did you find your info and why do you believe you are the one that has the truth? I won’t sink to your level and call you names whether or not they are ‘fact’. I find it sad that you want everyone to think like you do and there is no room for any deviation, ‘think what you want as long as it’s what you think’. There are a number of people that have obviously seen the reports (plural) that I have seen but you don’t want to know, wilful blindness.

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      At least I don’t have willful stupidity.

      Believe what you wish, it’s no skin off my nose. I admit I got a bit irked when I saw this ridiculous story repeated here. I know where it comes from, this willingness to spread malignant stuff. And there’s far too much of it in Australia. I don’t think it’s right to let it pass unchallenged.

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      Jen, try his Facebook page with the happy snaps in Turkey.

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      Good onya Jen. The Australian way is fast disappearing and being replaced with a certain vindictiveness. When you see statements like” they all have 7 or 8 kids or most will just go on the welfare,it kind of shows just how ignorant and vindictive many have become. No doubt the same ones would have said the same about the Italians ,Greeks, Maltese, Asians ,etc. who have come here.

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      Sceptic. Rubbish.

      Absolutely, mangomick.

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      I too saw the interview with the father’s sister from Canada that margie is refering

      The father had a job and a house in Turkey, where they had lived for 3 years and according to the fathers sister the family wanted to live in Canada but was rejected as a refugee.

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      Margie, I saw the interview with the sister in Canada. Jen and mango want us to believe that only they understand true compassion. They are only political animals arguing Shorten’s case.

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    Who is going to pay for this? we have enough “refugees” living on welfare, not intergrating,demanding their rights, legal aid etc. what cowards stay and fight for their own country they wouldn’t fight for Australia I guarantee they know what photos to take to tug on the heart strings if it was in their country they would not care less.

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    Why is Abbott trying to ingratiate us to the rest of the world? We have imported enough trouble – I’d say 50,000 on boats during the former government’s time was more than enough. I heard one of the illegals interviewed say they were being grouped into their races, (including) “Indian, Pakistan…” What the hell is the western world doing? We closed our borders to stop people smugglers and the deaths at sea. I hope we are not taking someone else’s people smuggled welfare-seeking illegals. Sorry, that little boy’s parents should never have taken him on that journey because they were already safe. They were wanting hand-outs. What sort of people are forcing their way into Europe (and previously Australia) – do we really want adults who risk their kids’ lives on unseaworthy vessels? Anyway we’ve got enough Middle Eastern people on welfare here now. Read the statistics about how long they are on welfare. I see them, roaming the parks and gardens, smoking cigarettes, going home to taxpayer funded housing while the rest of us work harder and harder and are expected to pay a “fairer” share of income tax while the Greens Labor mob advocate for refugees and taxing the family home paid for by sweat and tears. No let the rich Middle Eastern countries look after their own tribes and Abbott if you are going to bring them here make damned sure they aren’t going to take our hospitality and then start carrying on until they achieve incompatible religious rights. Thank you.

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      We can see for ourselves what uncontrolled immigration has done for Europe, it’s an unmitigated disaster. They can’t differentiate between economic migrants and genuine asylum seekers so it’s become a free for all. Let’s hope Abbott stands firm and allows controlled immigration and only gives asylum to genuine refugees, not those who are IS members or those who are choosy about where they want to live and strong enough to push everyone else to the back of the queue.

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      I hope you can sleep well at night – how can you dare to take your eyes off your money and your treasured way of life even for a few minutes – some evil person might come and steal it from you!

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      Yorkie, I am so upset about this. We took 50,000 a few years ago, and now they are pressing for more. I repeat what I wrote above, thinking it is so important to consider the future, based on the decisions being made in the recent past, and again now:

      Post-WWII refugees were of similar culture, similar religions and similar family values. When they arrived, they were given nothing. They were lucky to get a temporary roof over their heads. There were no hand-outs because they were sent to work wherever work was available. Italian, Greek, Polish wives and girlfriends were not treated like dirt by their men, as we see from the people forcing their cultures and religions into our society today. They were hard-working nation builders who adopted our customs and social ways. Just because immigration worked well after WWII, doesn’t mean it is working so well now, or even that it has worked well since the 1970’s when we imported Asian gangs with fighting methods totally alien to Australian men whose only form of defence was a fist-fight. As a result we see violence of a type never before thought of: street-knifings, kicking, eye gouging, machete violence, nunchucks. Be careful what we wish for. Times change, and it happens so slowly we do not properly forecast the error of our ways. When all the recent decades’ politicians are safely locked up together behind fancy retirement village gates, it’s their grand-children who will be left walking the streets with the mess they made of careless, incompatible immigration policies.

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      Yorkie, the only mess in Europe is the financial mess brought about by the greed of the residents in places like Greece. Countries like Germany, who have had “gast arbeiters” (guest workers) for decades are the ones that are doing the best financially and socially. Recent reports are actually suggesting that we would be better off financially if we took in more refugees/migrants. Maybe if we were nicer people as a whole, the people who come here now will happily take on our values and accept our culture. Judging by the selfishness and nastiness demonstrated by some of the commenters here, I can’t blame them for not wanting to be like us!

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      Not Amused and Yorkie, I agree with all your comments. We should learn from the uncontrolled fiasco in Europe today and pray that our politicians have the sense to not let it happen here.

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      saalbach, worked in the prison its full of them on very serious violent charges. they never identify as aussies even the ones born here, they have no respect for humanity and do not obey our laws. just look at all the violence in Sydney, drive by shootings every day. look at what is happening in western suburbs.

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      I just heard a Bang ! Bugger Me not another one ? 🙁

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      saalbach these people will never take on our values no matter how kind and giving we are. The whole concept of bakeesh is alien to us but part of middle eastern mindset. What will happen is the end of our social welfare state. I hope you are prepared to manage on your own because that is where this will all end up I’m afraid. If you need an insight into the cultural mindset please go out and read One Thousand and One Nights.

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      Not amused love it you are sooo right only one thing it seems to be shorten who wants more not Tony Abbott

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      No I think Tony is backed into a corner now and doesn’t want a Bar of It ?

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      Well said, Not Amused. And…………..we EVEN have our own specially formed and aptly named Middle Eastern Organized Crime Squad. Says a lot about immigration policy – yes?

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      Yep ! We never had a Garlic Squad or a Zorba Squad or a Pol Pot Roundup Squad !!

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      I think that Abbott is after the family home, not Labor. Get it right.

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    Our quota is based on our budget, we don’t have enough working population to pay for hundreds of thousands of refugees cause it would open the borders to country shoppers

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      We cannot sustain out own and borrow money from China to hand out to the rest of the world.
      Methinks that something is very wrong in the vault of the nation.

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    To me this government is doing the same as they are doing in the financial area.

    Taking from Peter to pay Paul

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    Totally inadequate response from Abbott and Co. Jordan has a population of just 8 million and has taken in 600,000 refugees. Sure they are not living in comfortable surroundings but they are relatively safe. I wonder if Mr. Abbott has seen the view taken from a refugees apartment of his surrounding town – or more the point what little is left of it –? Where is this governments humanity. The increase they are talking about does not even come into practice for a couple of years. The Crisis Is Now.

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    The white people of South Africa are suffering, the black people are killing them and they have no work, the black government will not allow them to work. how sad men woman children are all suffering in squatter camps some sleeping on cardboard. they rape shoot stab no value for lives see face book the truth about South Africa.. stop white genocide please open your hearts for these people… they are hard working Christian people….Amen

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    A refugee is a person who has fled his or her own country and cannot return due to fear of persecution, and has been given refugee status. Refugee status is given to applicants by the United Nations or by a third party country, such as Australia.

    A migrant is someone who voluntarily chooses to leave his or her own country and make a new life in another country. Australia has a long history of migration. People have been moving to Australia for work and better opportunities since British colonisation in 1788.

    So the reason I add these definitions which are from roads to refugee site is, if the responses below are correct then this case is one of migration and not refugee as such? Not sure just asking. So if they are not from Syria where are they from? If they were living in Turkey and are from Syria then they are not refugees by the official definition. However having said that from a humanitarian point of view this should not happen. However, if the father did choose to leave a country by choice to go to Canada as has been suggested, then this is in fact country shopping. Now I can’t afford to do that so how can they if they have nothing?

    The reason I am saying these things is to also highlight that every case if different and you cannot simply look at a group and go they are refugees. The point is we really don’t know why they are in that boat and what circumstances actually led them to that point. If they lived in Turkey for two years what were they fearful of and fleeing from and are afraid to go back to.

    By the by if you do a facebook search there was in fact something like 26 bodies that ended up on that shore, not just the one. Its a tragic situation that, depending on what sources you read, could or could not be avoided. Its very sad for everyone involved regardless of why they got into that boat. I always remember as well in this global day and age that people are not stupid and have access to the media. There will always be those who take advantage of even the most dreadful situation and it does backfire.

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      I agree with you and interestingly many of these ‘refugees’ refused to apply for refugee status in Hungary because they wanted to settle in other parts of Europe and in fact demanded to be taken to Austria and Germany, which caused the fracas in the train station in Hungary. This is why I think they are behaving more like economic migrants than asylum seekers.

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      Readers of this post need to read the above. There is a difference.

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