Refugee policy must change

I AM sure many Christians are repelled by the treatment successive governments have handed out to genuine asylum seekers and refugees fleeing persecution.
Nanjing Night Net

What is happening in our off-shore detention centres and now on the high seas in our name must give those of us with a Christian social conscience a lot of unease.

As a follower of Jesus of Nazareth who himself had to seek asylum in Egypt with his family, I am a little perplexed why there are not more Christians and churches speaking out in the face of this cruel and heartless policy. Thankfully there are notable exceptions.

The policy of secrecy about asylum seekers’ treatment in detention (especially families and children) is an obvious ploy not to awaken Australia’s compassionate heart.

If we really knew what is going on in our name, then people would be shouting that “enough is enough”.

The government eventually listens to the voice of the people.

Call me a bleeding heart or whatever but my conscience will not allow me to remain silent any longer.

It is my belief a regional solution with Australia processing a certain percentage of asylum seekers “on shore” is worth another look.

We need a more humane approach to refugees that is much more transparent.

So it’s up to all of us to let our MPs know we are not happy.

We did not give our government a mandate to act in such a cruel and inhumane way.

— DAVID SLOANE,

Corowa

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