We need the refugees

Why in these enlightened times are people so wound up about people arriving in the country they live, be it Great Britain, Australia or the USA or any other country, all people need somewhere to live. The people in Australia should understand this more than any other country as all of us including  Aboriginals are descended from immigrants/refugees/convicts. There is no logical argument about the worth of immigrants to this country. I have listed just a couple of boat people below can anyone in their family say they have achieved anywhere near any of them.

Frank Lowy

Australia’s richest man, founder and largest shareholder of the world’s biggest shopping centre owner, Westfield

 

Tan Le

1998 Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia’s 30 most successful Women Under 30. She was 20 years old. A very successful entrepreneur with Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Law and is now Business Development Director of SASme Wireless Communication. She arrived from Vietnam as a refugee in 1982.

Huy Truong

One of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs, founder and director of more than one multi-million dollar business.After arriving from Vietnam aged seven with just the clothes on his back, he has built dot-com company Wishlist, turned around and sold a large company, managed fast growing company Julique, and launched a fund to invest in small and medium businesses.

In other lands Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed, Confucius & Zoroaster were also refugees.

Persecution in any form is wrong, yet we continually see it in the societies we live. Refugees, ethical minorities, in schools it might be having red hair for being picked on the same bullies take it into the adult world and carry on picking on the weakest in society. Remember, “It is the week who inherits the world”, NOT, the bullies.

Britain in the 1930’s allowed in boat loads of Jews, they provided the country with immense wealth financially, the arts, academics, the film industry, every corner of the British Empire prospered. Due, to the far sightedness of the British. Australia you are a Colony of Great Britain learn from your mother country as you learnt life from your mother, don’t kill of such a lovely country as Australia.

In the 1960’s Britain not only allowed the boat people in, they went looking for people to bring to British shores, they procured west Indians to do the jobs that the British worker would not do, further advancing Britain on the world stage, what does Australia do, it forces those who do come here back from whence they came, shame on us Australians.

Remember “Populate or perish” is as important now as it ever was.

Do not forget Gillard is also a boat person, a ten pounder off a boat.

Yet she can do this to these innocents, David Lloyd George would hang his head in shame.

Australia needs to grow

The Widowmaker
Creative Commons License photo credit: aussiegall

Australian politicians are constantly moaning about “boat people” arriving uninvited in Australia.  Australia has a population of less than 23 million.  If this country wants to stay a first world country then it needs more people.  Britain has over 62 million people, America over 311 million, China well over a billion, Japan nearly 130 million,  Indonesia 237 million, Russia nearly 143 million, Nauru has 10,000.  South Korea has double Australia’s population.  Australia has less people than Thailand.

Australia cannot even start to compete.  As a country’s population grows so does the infrastructure.  The people who arrive, far from taking jobs as some people say, in the longer term actually provide more employment.  All the services grow in line with an increasing population.  The increased population increases the revenue going to the government, which in turn can then provide better health care, education – overall infrastructure – and the load is shared over more people.  Instead of 23 million people paying into the government coffers you could have say 100 million or 200 million paying into the government collecting bowl making this a vastly wealthier and stronger country.

Locking refugees and the non invited up is cruel and does a huge disservice to Australia.  Australia should be surging forward, not clinging to the past of a select few in this vast but empty land.  The skilled and future moguls are locked up or sent back.  Australia is being given gold and throwing it back.  It is absurd for this to be happening to what could one day be a powerful country instead of just a foil of Britain and America.

Britain and America have the population to provide goods for themselves, unlike Australia having to buy from larger populated countries like China, Thailand and South Korea.