Ok Mike, thanks for the links.
Let me throw some figures into the ring.
I've compiled them from the world bank website and "almighty Google", the figures are from 2011.http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SM.POP.REFG
I've picked Canada, I hope you agree, it's very similar to Oz in size and population
And on the other end of the spectrum I selected Austria, in terms of size it is only 1/10 of NSW, and really tiny compared to Canada or Australia, plus it has heaps of uninhabitable, but beautiful Mountains, which makes liveable land area even smaller.
If you look at the figures below, you'll see that Austria takes double the amount of refugees and Canada almost 8 times as many.
Size of country: 7,741,000km2
Refugee intake: 21,805
Size of country: 83,870km2
Refugee intake: 42,630
Size of country: 9,985,000km2
Refugee intake: 165,549
What does that say about Australia as a nation?
Whenever I am asked that question, I have no answer.
I can't blame it on the politicians because the counter argument is: "Well mate, you guys vote them in."
After reading Waleed Aly's article though, I have a way out.
I now can
blame it on the crafty politicians, who manipulate us voters with scare tactics, to ensure we keep them in their jobs and the refugee problem remains unsolved.
And finally on the Herald Sun "investigation" there is a difference, between an illegal immigrant and a refugee. They are talking about people overstaying visas etc.
The other 2 excerpts contribute little to the situation in Australia, I think.
We are talking about desperate people who risk everything, split up their family, to escape a war, religious or political prosecution, on the slim chance they might make it to Australia to have shot of a better life for themselves.
Of course not everyone is the same, and there are certainly some shady characters amongst refugees as well. I would still say the majority of refugees actually turn into an asset for Australian society.
Looking forward to your thoughts.