RE asylum seekers. One can only grieve at the sight of people – both sexes and all ages – driven from their homelands in desperation, having lost a war of resistance against long-standing cultural oppression.
They now flee in fear for their lives, as their victorious enemy seeks to cull those who had led their resistance, in the hope of preventing further uprising.
It is simple common humanity – which should be heightened in a Christian – to desire to extend them a place in their need, which offers them hope, dignity and normal care. There is no due, legal process of fleeing for your life in these circumstances.
We have a tidy country here, which, compared to others, places considerable emphasis on a fair go for its citizens.
This includes a good level of care, concern and general provision.
As a consequence it could be hopelessly flooded by people who simply wished to improve their circumstances by emigration. Therefore we have to watch migration.
But when people in dire conditions are fleeing a known, violent situation, is it all we can do to respond in fear for our national priorities? Hitler’s persecution of the Jews put a ship-load of them to sea, fleeing for their lives.
They sailed from port to port but no one would let them land, including Australia.
Post-war, the nations of the world were confronted by historical researches and had to acknowledge this to their shame.
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