I know this topic can be very emotional, as Asylum Seekers leave a Country very Divided.
Yet another boat landed on our shores, in Geraldton. Reports were varied and each day more and more information came to light. Who do you believe, what reports do you trust, what assumption’s do we make?
Are they genuine refugees, because if they are, we have a duty to take them in, I used to be ‘no no no send them back’., still am a bit. However I wonder have I been mislead or misinformed, sucked in by believing media, or not have enough information, or education.
They pay large amounts of money to get on a boat, leave your family and meagre possessions behind, risk crossing rough seas, gambling on a better life, hoping you will be accepted, finding prejudices, threats, assumptions, vilification, and sometimes ignorance. Being sent to a desert, perhaps for years before being allowed into the community.
Learning a different language, a new culture, work and school issues, finding a new community, a job, creating a new life. Discovering new roads, new rules, different laws. ( some don’t I know, remember the flood of Italians that came into this country, who we wouldn’t now be without, they to this day don’t all speak English)
I can imagine how daunting it would be for me to have to go down this path, and I come from a lucky country. Which then brings me to, what are they being told, what is being sold to them, how desperate are they, why aren’t they coming in the official way, where did they get the money from?
Australia does not full fill their international quota through the official channels, probably because they are coming by illegal boats instead.
We don’t want to support them financially as we have many of our own issues, we don’t want or understand their cultural ways or their religions. We fear who is entering, what is their past, are they for real are they a danger to us? So many questions.
The current questions in today’s news are very valid. How did they have enough petrol to get as far as Geraldton? They were spotted by Terry Ash’s grandchildren in Kalbarri, nobody reported the sighting. People assumed the boat was a fishing trawler.
So after a 6 month journey they landed, what’s the first thing they say ‘We want to go to New Zealand’ probably because they know they are not welcome here.
How do we fix this, many a debate is ongoing, one side of parliament accusing the other. How much is the media dictating what we think, what information is filtered through, that is stirring the pot?
How frightened are these people to risk so much, how lucky are we?
A post with so many unanswered questions, the only good thing to come out of this debacle, is that they didn’t drown, and now Geraldton is firmly on the map. Go visit, very windy, friendly people.
|66 Asylum Seekers – Photo AAP|
Existing legislation state that Asylum Seekers who reach our shores will not be sent to Naru or Manus Island, instead they will be sent to Christmas Island for processing.
What do you think, am I being a soft touch, have I got it totally wrong? Am I creating more debate or using my voice?
I feel better now.